Bashers give memorable moments

Colin Jones, Leon Kay and Ron Kay from Emerald took part in the Variety Bash last year and had a fantastic time.
Colin Jones, Leon Kay and Ron Kay from Emerald took part in the Variety Bash last year and had a fantastic time.

SPECIAL moments make lifetime memories for those who take part in the Variety Bash.

In less than a week the Variety Bash will get rolling as almost 400 bashers get together and travel nearly 4000kms through some of the most out-of-the-way places in Queensland.

The Variety Bash is an annual fundraiser to help sick, disadvantaged or special needs Queensland kids to live, laugh and learn.

The 10-day action packed bash kicks off on Thursday as 140 themed vehicles make trip from Dalby to Mackay, stopping at Clermont on Tuesday, August 7.

Event director Rob Goodwin said preparations were well under way for the bash as excitement mounted.

"I am proud of Variety and what we achieve for kids who need a hand."

Strategic stops are planned at 12 schools for hard earned dinner breaks and to spread some cheer as the Bashers deliver much-needed equipment to the schools and communities.

Rob said one of his poignant memories was of a girl the Variety Bash helped a couple of years ago who had Angelman Syndrome.

He said she loved horses but hadn't ever been able to ride one so they gave her a specially made saddle that would allow her to sit on a horse.

"She roared with laughter and I don't think there was a dry eye with any of the men," Rob said.

"It was very special to see the little kid riding, she wasn't able to ride prior."

This year the bash is donating funds to build a Liberty Swing in Emu Park.

"To see a little child who hasn't ever been able to a swing, ride a wheelchair in and have their first swing will be very special," Rob said.

Rob encouraged people to come and say hello when the bash stops in the park across from the Rubyvale Hotel for lunch on Tuesday, August 7.

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