Divine Divas rev up for ride

These locals fundraised by hosting a barbecue at Wesfarmers Curragh.
These locals fundraised by hosting a barbecue at Wesfarmers Curragh.

THE Divine Divas are ready to hit the road for a good cause as they buckle up their seatbelts and join 400 other participants in the 2012 XXXX Gold Variety Bash, one of the most successful fundraising events for children's charity Variety.

The crew of Jane Wright, Lyndel Davis and Annie Wilson from Blackwater, with Kerry Dickensen from Gladstone, is ready for a 10-day action-packed adventure from Dalby to Mackay, and will set off on August 2.

Jane said she had done the bash before, and it only got better each year.

"It's very rewarding - the best experience I've ever had," she said.

They have polished Jane's husband's old Holden HZ model car for the ride and are ready to navigate their way in and out of different communities.

"We're called the Divine Divas - we'll dress up with tiaras," Jane said.

"We start in Dalby and will pass through many towns along the way."

They will visit more than 12 schools during the trip.

Jane said that even though it was a fun adventure where they met plenty of kooky characters along the way, their main goal was to raise money for those in need.

"We're up to about $13,500," Jane said of the funds already raised.

"If you've got a disabled child, you can apply to Variety and they'll help you with wheelchairs, walking frames, toys, school books, and even ways to help your child go on school excursions.

"It is a really good charity and it just makes you realise how lucky you are."

The history of the famous car adventure goes back to 1985, when adventurer Dick Smith rounded up motorists from Bourke to Burketown in their old cars, raising money for Variety along the way.

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