Busy bees ready for SA Variety Bash

A TEAM of four from the Upper SE are getting ready to pile into their 1979 Statesman and hit the road for the SA Variety Bash next week.

Naracoorte's Colin Crossling will join friends Daryl Foulis, from Mundulla, Norm Warncken, from Bordertown, and Trevor Obst, from Frances, for the event which raises funds for children in need.

They've called themselves "Three Bees and a Beekeeper" and have costumes all ready go - black and yellow striped vests with helmets for the bees and white overalls for the keeper (worn by team captain Daryl).

Colin said he was looking forward to the nine-day drive which leaves from the Victoria Park Racecourse in Adelaide on August 9.

"It's going to be fun, coming together with a group of locals from around the area, camping out and making new friends along the way," he said.

"Daryl asked me to get involved because (the Variety Bash) was on his bucket list of things to do.

"I'm absolutely looking forward to it. I've wanted to be able to do it for years but have never had the opportunity. Then Daryl came up with the idea and I jumped at it."

Since the start of the year the group have held auctions, catering events and garden days to collect as much money as possible for the cause.

"The four of us bought the car 18 months ago and we'll be funding the car and the trip personally," Colin said.

"Whatever we raise through fundraising goes to the charity.

"We're really grateful for the support we've received and our sponsors."

The "Three Bees and a Beekeeper" team will make a great addition to the colourful cavalcade of roughly 330 entrants and 104 cars involved for 2014.

Colin Crossling tries on his bee outfit which he will wear for nine days on the SA Variety Bash.

Colin Crossling tries on his bee outfit which he will wear for nine days on the SA Variety Bash.

When they arrive in Sydney on August 17 they will meet up with all other participants from around the country for the national version of the Variety Bash.

This has only happened five other times since the event started 30 years ago.

The Variety Bash originated in Sydney and was the brainchild of businessman, explorer and philanthropist Dick Smith.

SA aims to be the highest fundraising state in the country and has raised more than $30 million for children in need.