Team Popeye preparing for departure from the St George Showground.Photo Peter Carruthers / Balonne Beacon
Team Popeye preparing for departure from the St George Showground.Photo Peter Carruthers / Balonne Beacon Peter Carruthers

A four-wheeled circus comes to town

CAR loads of Elvis impersonators, Smurfs, fairies, miners, sannyasins and chefs made a pit-stop in St George at the weekend.

The novelty dressed Variety Vic Bash drivers, navigators, passengers and support crews are on their way from Melbourne to Port Douglas raising money for special-need and disadvantaged children.

Arriving in St George on Friday the teams had dinner at the RSL before making a donation of toys to the St George Rotary Club.

Event manager Julie Baxter said the participants were passionate supporters of Variety and had fund raised all year before starting out on the road.

"We have got about 300 crew and approximately a third of those are new ones. We have three people on the event this year that have actually done the whole 25 events," she said.

The running of the 2015 Variety Vic Bash marked the 25th anniversary of the event.

"That is an amazing contribution."

Ms Baxter said the experience for everyone was such fun many wanted more.

"It gets into their blood. Once they have done it, it's something they want to continue to do."

Since the inaugural Variety Vic Bash in 1992 the bash has travelled more than 100,000Kms and raised $20 million for sick and disadvantaged children.

The welcome the Variety Bash has received through north western NSW this year has been excellent Ms Baxter said.

"They appreciate the in-put into the towns. It's two-fold, not only economic. They drink in the pubs get fuel in their cars and besides that they bring things into the town."

Along the way the bashers make stops in schools to talk to children and give out books and toys.

"It's like a circus coming to town. 30-year-old cars filled with people in funny outfits is always going to be well received."

Certainly well received by the Lions Club at the St George Showground on Saturday morning who provided breakfast for the bashers before they hit the road once again.

Bound for Charleville on their next leg the bashers will then head to Longreach and will eventually arrive in Port Douglas on August 22.

 


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