Naracoorte/Bordertown Variety Bash drivers raise $32,000

A team of locals who drove in this year’s SA Variety Bash have raised just over $32,000 for children in need across the state.

Car 888 was driven by Jill Williams (Naracoorte), her cousin Sharon Tink (Bordertown), Sally Jones (Naracoorte) and Cathy Lawrie (Naracoorte).

“We’re pretty happy with the achievement,” Jill said.

“A lot of our fundraising comes from donations and sponsorship, and we’ve had a lot of community support. The local businesses have also been fantastic.”

Jill and her crew also raised money through trading tables, catering and a Ladies Night at the Naracoorte Golf Club.

2018 marks the 30th year of the SA Variety Bash, with the cars travelling the original route from Adelaide to Port Lincoln, a trip of roughly 2400km.

On the way the cars stopped at towns such as Kimba and Coober Pedy, with the drivers getting to see firsthand how their funds made a difference in people’s lives.

“When we stopped at Kimba, we were lucky enough to see the area school receive a $90,000 grant for play equipment,” Jill recalled.

“The kids were just ecstatic, and some of the parents had tears in their eyes. It was great to see where the money goes, making the hard work fundraising worthwhile.”

The 2018 SA Variety Bash took off on August 11, and raised $1,761,500 this year as a whole.

For more information on the 2018 SA Variety Bash visit https://www.variety.org.au/sa/about/our-story/

The 2019 Variety Bash will take place from August 10 – August 17 and routes from Mawson Lakes to Murray Bridge. 

Event entry forms for 2019 can be downloaded online at varietysa.org.au

Interested members of the community are encouraged to join and are reminded there are many different ways to get involved other than taking part in a bash!

Alternatives include volunteering, fundraising, donating hair, giving gifts and more.

A popular fundraising event which Variety SA undertakes annually is the Radiothon, held in conjunction with FIVEaa.

Over the years the Bash has seen almost $40 million raised for the state’s kids to have practical equipment and programs.