Below is a short film clip with the Diva's from the SA Variety Club Bash
2010 SA Variety Bash - 14-21 August 2010 - Murray Bridge to Clare
Murray Bridge-Loveday-Lake Cullulleraine-Mildura-Bindara-White Cliffs-Broken Hill-Hawker-Clare
The 22nd SA Variety Bash 2010 will have a local flavour travelling across some amazing South Australian tracks. It will depart from Murray Bridge on Saturday 14 August and finish eight days later on Saturday 21 August in the stunning Clare Valley – Mallee to the Valley.
2010 Bash Launch
The 2010 SA Variety Bash launch was held on 26 February at Next Generation function centre, where 180 Bashers enjoyed fabulous food and drinks looking over the River Torrens. Staying in theme – this year’s ‘Mallee to the Valley’ route will see plenty of water, starting on 14 August at SA’s largest waterway, the Murray River. The Bash will arrive eight days later in the stunning Clare Valley. Entrants are pleased to be staying much closer to home this year and enjoying some private tracks around our State thanks to the generosity of station owners. Check the website for complete route information and snippets of the 2010 event.
A big highlight on the night was the appeal presentation to Nathan Clarke, a true account of how children like Nathan benefit from Variety and the hard earned funds raised by our Bash entrants.
Nathan is seventeen years old, and has cerebral palsy. He has a powered wheelchair and a manual wheelchair; however the current family vehicle could not accommodate his powered wheelchair. This meant that Nathan was reliant on using access cabs, or having a carer with him at all times to assist with his manual chair.
Variety sourced a second hand vehicle modified for his powered wheelchair that allows him more independence and access to a far wider range of social and sporting activities.
What is the Bash?
Bashing was created in Australia in 1985 by adventurer Dick Smith, when he took a group of friends for a drive he called “The Bourke to Burketown Bash".
The Bash is an eight day drive in the country with your mates. It is NOT a race or rally, it is a madcap event designed to put the fun into fundraising. Vehicles must be in standard condition and shall be models constructed prior to 1980 (although run-on models will be accepted).The drivers and crews, however, are anything but standard issue with most Bashers taking the one major rule (don't take it too seriously) seriously.
The Bash is the entrants reward for a year spent fundraising for the children of South Australia who really need it.
Bashing today has not changed from its original concept. It began in SA in 1989 and has seen Bashers travel through much of our beautiful country. 2008 marked the 20th Anniversary of the South Australian Variety Bash and saw an entourage of over 110 vehicles, comprising 83 entrants and supports, plus official vehicles and mobile workshops, medical vehicles, a semi, Cessna and satellite dish travel along routes that the bash has taken over its 20 year history.
From the start line in Mawson Lakes, across the states’ north, including the seaside town of Ceduna, to the finish line on Norwood Parade, people gathered to witness what has been described as one of the state’s biggest and brightest bash’s.
In a sensational finale to this year’s event at Norwood Parade, came the announcement of an all time record breaking final fundraising figure.
Entrants, their families, friends and generous sponsors through twelve months of hard work, raised an incredible $2.107 million net to inspire hope and enrich the lives of children in need in South Australia, bringing the event’s total fundraising effort over the last 20 years to in excess of $21.7 million net, an outstanding effort and one that we are extremely proud of.
The 21st birthday of the SA Variety Bash in 2009 will be celebrated in style as a National Variety Bash. It will depart Adelaide on Saturday August 15 and finish eight days later on Saturday August 22 in Alice Springs, joining bashers from across other states of Australia for a spectacular final night dinner.
Whilst there are various trophies awarded to encourage fundraising, fun themes, fun for the kids and overall fun… the ultimate winners of the Bash are the children in need.