Bash finish a roaring hit for charity

Geoff VivianMidwest Times
The Cat from Willy Wonka's crew
Camera IconThe Cat from Willy Wonka's crew Credit: Geoff Vivian

Hundreds of loud and colourful cars decked out to various themes arrived at the finish line in Geraldton recently.

This final leg of the 2019 Variety the Children’s Charity Victoria Bash followed the start of the Variety WA Bash, also at the Geraldton foreshore, in the same week.

The Victorian group’s kids’ support manager Andrea Gilchrist said they had driven 5102km in the 10-day trip from Melbourne.

“We took a long and winding route along a lot of dirt roads, up through Kalgoorlie and Leonora and Mount Magnet,” she said.

Ms Gilchrist said they met the Variety WA team at Thundelarra homestead for lunch before coming in to Geraldton.

“One of the Western Australian teams did run into one of our all-female teams and they were having starter motor issues,” she said.

“They gave them one of their starter motors and got the team up and moving again.”

Ms Gilchrist said participants on this trip had raised more than $1 million for children’s scholarships, equipment and charities.

“All crews fundraise a minimum of $7500 to do the trip, and along the way a lot of people we speak to will actually give us money,” she said.

“When the Bash hits town we’re buying petrol, we’re buying accommodation.

“It’s a great big money swirl for the towns as we come through and a lot of them donate back $10 here, $20 there.”

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