More than 100 vehicles lined Murray Esplanade and the Port of Echuca on Wednesday as part of the Variety Bash's Echuca pit stop.By Jess Craig
If the sound of revving engines didn’t alert you to the fact the Variety Bash was in town, you would have surely heard the endless echo of novelty horns. bash
More than 100 vehicles lined Murray Esplanade and the Port of Echuca yesterday, with drivers and their team mates dressed in costumes and proudly showing off their immaculate cars.
But the Bash was about more than just having a good time and parading your car, as Variety veterans Jill Lewis, Heather Allen and Helen Hoppner explained.
‘‘We’ve been doing this for a combined total of 45 years,’’ Ms Hoppner said.
‘‘It’s amazing. It’s fun and the group are always supportive and enthusiastic.
‘‘But it’s about raising money for the kids
As one of the few all-women teams on the Bash, Ms Hoppner said she had always believed in ‘girl power’.
‘‘If the boys can do it, so can the girls,’’ she laughed.
‘‘It’s a long way and there are some pretty remote roads, but that’s all part of the challenge.’’
The Variety Bash is an annual road event involving outrageously themed cars and crew, who work tirelessly to raise funds for Variety
Since its inception the Victorian event has travelled more than 87,000km and raised more than $17
Steve Crook, Scot Beveridge and Neville Huggett travelled from Warrigal to take part in the Bash.
The trio dressed as superheroes and, given the amount of money Variety raises for disadvantaged children, the costumes seemed appropriate.
‘‘We enjoy it, it’s a fantastic cause,’’ Mr Beveridge, who is on his fifth Bash, said.
‘‘It’s great going to different towns and meeting people in the community, the kids seems to really enjoy it.
‘‘You get to see some spectacular countryside, as well.’’
Each year, the Variety Bash gives back to the community and 2013 is no exception, with a $25,000 Variety liberty swing donated to the Echuca Specialist School.
The swings allow children with limited mobility to enjoy the playground alongside their peers.
School principal Maree Downey said the school was grateful for Variety’s support.
‘‘It’s wonderful. We currently have seven children at the school who use wheelchairs and for them to have daily access to the swing is fantastic,’’ she said.
‘‘There’s nothing quite like the freedom you get when you’re on a swing.’’
The Variety Bash arrived in Echuca on Monday afternoon and celebrated with a welcome dinner at Rich River Golf Club Resort.
With 300 motel beds, 100 tanks of petrol and 600 meals, the Variety Bash is estimated to have injected $30,000 into Echuca.
The Bash, in its 23rd year, will end in Broome in September.
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