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Variety Bash 2017

Posted by Rachel Pleasant - 26/07/2017

Let’s get behind Car 57 to see them raise the funds they need to help Aussie kids in need!

It’s that time of year again, time for the annual Variety Bash!

Variety is a national not-for-profit organisation committed to empowering Australian children who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs to live, laugh & learn. By giving practical equipment, programs and experiences, Variety helps children in need to overcome whatever obstacles they face and live life to the fullest.

This year the bash will take entrants from Belmore to Buffalo Creek – a mere 4,891 KMs. A feat not for the faint hearted!

Robin & Grahame will be driving car no. 57 for the race but still need to raise urgent funds to compete. Being this will be Robin’s 30th Bash we really want to help them get the funding they need.

To donate visit – https://varietybashnsw.raisely.com/57


Robin & Grahame’s story – Why do they do this?

I started doing the Bash in 1987 in an old Mercedes, it was very slow & heavy. It looked at a hill & said: ” you want me to do what?”

The following year the 1966 Mustang came into my life. It was up on blocks & was polished to within an inch of its life including the engine! The owner was going back to uni, so had to part with his beloved mustang to cover his costs while there. He was quite distressed at having to part with it. He asked would I please look after it. I didn’t have the heart to tell him what I was buying it for. But it has been looked after! After each bash, & it’s done 29, it mostly needs major work. The Bash is on unsealed roads & tracks, sometimes fire trails. We can often drive past a sign that says “Very rough road, no 4 wheel drives allowed”. Remember these are “normal” old, road cars with only a few safety modifications.

It’s really surreal how “events” that happen, can many years later, ring very true to your own life.

Variety is described as “The Heart of Show Business” because it was started by a group of theatre owners and showmen in Pittsburgh, USA.

Initially, the group would get together after performances to play cards at a social gathering they called the “Variety Club”. One night in 1928 they heard whimpering from the empty Sheridan Theatre and when they investigated the source of the noise, they discovered an abandoned baby. The baby’s mother had pinned a note to the child’s clothing which read:

“Please take care of my baby. Her name is Catherine. I can no longer take care of her. I have eight others. My husband is out of work. She was born on Thanksgiving Day. I have always heard of the goodness of show business people and pray to God that you will look after her. Signed, a heartbroken mother.”

The Variety Club was born & has grown to be one of the largest if not the largest charity for underprivileged & handicapped children in the world.

While I too was adopted as a baby and was cared for & loved all of my life, I wasn’t left on a door step and for that I’m thankful.

I became interested in doing the bash for three reasons. And by the way, this is my 30th bash. I’m proud of that.

  1. Giving something back to the community, I have seen what these kids need first hand & being able to help was a great incentive.
  2. I love cars & driving, seeing Australia & seeing places that you wouldn’t normally get to see.
  3. I’m a tomboy at heart & being able to do what back then was mostly male dominated was also a challenge!!

Raising much-needed funds for charity, isn’t an easy task, but as I have seen the difference it makes to these kids, I’d like to ask that you spare a thought for these kids whose lives are a struggle every single day; and to dig deep.

Please help us make a difference! Donations can be made at https://varietybashnsw.raisely.com/57 or click on the button below.

Be sure to check back here for updates on Robin and Grahame’s journey!



Rachel is the Marketing Manager for HiRUM Software Solutions.
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