Elders driving support in 2012 Variety Bash - Elders Rural Services
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Elders driving support in 2012 Variety Bash

Elders will sponsor a car in the 2012 AHA Newcastle Variety Bash, helping to raise much needed funds for the children’s charity and helping children in need.

The Bash will run from Sunday, 20 May to Saturday, 26 May, during which the Elders car #812, a 1966 Valiant station wagon, will travel 2,334kms through rural NSW.

The car will pass through Gunnedah on Sunday, 20 May and Bathurst on Thursday, 24 May.

Elders staff at branches in Gunnedah and Bathurst will cheer on the team of car #812 and assist with fundraising barbecue breakfasts in local schools, providing the meat and assisting the Parents and Citizens Associations with cooking and serving the food.

The first breakfast will be held at the GS Kidd Memorial School on Monday, 21 May, with the second breakfast held at Careene Special School on Friday, 25 May.

The money raised from the breakfast will go to much-needed equipment for the schools.

The sponsorship was instigated by Elders’ clients Mel Hughes and David Blissett, who approached Elders with a sponsorship proposal.

Elders General Manager Sales, Marketing and Supply Chain Mark Geraghty said that every sponsorship dollar will go directly to the charity.

“Elders is always eager to support the communities in which we serve and are proud to assist Variety, the children’s charity – a charity which gives so much back to the children in those communities,” Mark said.

The 2012 Newcastle Variety Bash will be the 11th for team organiser David Blissett, who manages teams in two bashes a year, with the additional bash partly to placate friends who were “fighting for a place in the car”.

David says that he enjoys the camaraderie of the Bash and the impact that the charity is able to have on children in need.

“It is hard to describe the moving experience you feel when a child has a go on a liberty swing for the first time – a swing that allows children in wheelchairs to experience having a swing in the park. That look of joy on their face makes the fundraising worthwhile,” David said.
The Bash has taken place across Australia since 1985, when adventurer Dick Smith first came up with the idea of travelling with a group of mates across the outback to raise money for disadvantaged children.  To be consistent with the saying that the bash is not a race, cars must be reliable pre-1974 vehicles which can last the distance.
The Elders car #812 will also take part in the B to B Variety Bash from Balmain to Bamaga in August, 2012.


Variety, the children’s charity, provides assistance mobility assistance and medical equipment for children with special needs and assists disadvantaged children with education and experiences to help them fulfil their potential.