Locals to participate in Variety Bash once again

Back again: Cathy Lawrie, Sharon Tink, Sally Jones and Jill Williams on last year's SA Variety Bash.
Back again: Cathy Lawrie, Sharon Tink, Sally Jones and Jill Williams on last year's SA Variety Bash.

Naracoorte local Jill Williams and close friends Sharon Tink, Ang Browne and Cathy Lawrie are gearing up for the 2019 SA Variety Bash.

This year marks the 31st anniversary of the bash in South Australia. The eight-day event begins in Codan, Mawson Lakes on Saturday August 10 and will finish in Murray Bridge on Saturday August 17.

The Variety Bash is a madcap event designed to put the fun into fundraising and more than 300 costumed crew and 100 colourful cars will make their way through remote areas to assist kids in need.

The women have participated in 20 Variety Bashes collectively. Ang inspired Jill to enter after she discovered how rewarding the experience is.

"Everyone comes from different walks of life and we all have the same aim of helping the children out ... it is a reward for all the fundraising efforts undertaken throughout the year," Jill said.

Former school friends, Jill and Ange appropriately themed their team the School Girls.

The women will be driving Car 888, a 1984 Holden Statesman WB, and are looking forward to seeing the positive impact the Variety Bash has local communities.

"We love seeing the grants being received by children and their families along the way," Jill said.

The women have been busy all year raising money through an assortment of events including catering, second hand clothe sales and trading tables.

They could not have done it all without the help of all their sponsors, families and friends who have supported them. Jill recommends the bash for anyone thinking about entering.

"Entering into the bash is also a great way to view what we have sitting at our back doorstep," Jill said.

This year the bash runs through many rural towns including Booborowie, Arkaroola and Peterborough.

Every year, Variety SA relies on sponsorships and entrants to raise money for kids who are sick, disadvantaged or who are living with special needs.

The money raised helps children by granting practical equipment and funding programs.

In SA alone, the event has raised more than $41 million over 30 years for kids in need.

For more information on the 2019 Variety Bash or to donate, visit www.varietysa.org.au.