The Barbie Themed car #50 at the start of the 2018 Variety Bash.
The Barbie Themed car #50 at the start of the 2018 Variety Bash. Matt Taylor GLA220818BASH

HUGE GALLERY: Variety 'Bashers' roll out of Gladstone

LIBRARY Square in GoondoonSt filled with hundreds of colourful characters and roaring engines this morning as this year's Queensland Variety Bash roadshow prepared to set off.

The 'Bashers' will spend the next 10 days driving through the backblocks of Queensland to the finish line in Townsville.

Variety chief executive Steve Wakerley, who is taking part in his 18th Bash, said about a third of this year's group were first-timers.

"They're probably wondering right now what they've got themselves into,” he said.

"Girls of Gotham". Matt Taylor GLA220818BASH

Variety raises funds for children and their families who can't afford specialist medical equipment, supplies and therapy, and the Bash is one of its major fundraisers.

"Most people come for the adventure,” Mr Wakerley said, "fixing up an old car and driving it, spending time with their mates.

"But they quickly twig to the fact that this event is much bigger than that. It's about changing the lives of kids.

"When we give a little kid a walker and they see the change it makes to their life and their family, it's hard not to get emotional.”

His advice for anyone wanting to take part in a Variety Bash?

"So many people have it on their bucket list, but you've just got to register and do it,” he said.

"You can imagine what it's like when 110 cars and 300 people roll into a town with 50people in it - we're blowing that place out of the water.

"I've spoken to adults who 20 years earlier were in a little regional school somewhere and they still vividly recall the day the Bash came through.”



Blues artist to play free gig

premium_icon Blues artist to play free gig

ITS been several years since he was in town, but 8Ball Aitken is keen to bring the...

Local sees plenty of positives with road fix

premium_icon Local sees plenty of positives with road fix

A long-time Boyne Valley resident couldn’t help but crack a smile when told of road...

Start on road upgrade has been years in the making

premium_icon Start on road upgrade has been years in the making

The fix is in for a long overdue upgrade for a major Boyne Valley road.