is the Bash? The Variety Bash started as a drive in the
outback with a few mates. In 1985, Adventurer Dick Smith took a
group of intrepid motorists from Bourke to Bourketown in their old
cars, raising money for charity along the way.
All of the money raised went to the
Variety Club of Australia to further its support of sick, disabled
or disadvantaged children. The Bash has been staged by the Variety
Club since 1985 and the spirit of the original idea has been
retained. Every entrant has to raise a sum of money for Variety and
all vehicles must be 30 years old or older at the time of entry and
be non performance modified.
The Bash is not a race, rally or speed
trial. The single most significant rule of the Bash is to relax and
enjoy the event away from everyday pressures, while seeing and
experiencing the splendour of the Australian Outback.
Who Can Take Part?
Entry into the Bash is limited to those who have enough cunning,
resolve, determination and intelligence to persuade Sponsors, family
and friends to come up with a suitable amount of donations made
payable to Variety Queensland – the children's charity.
You can help the Special Children of
Queensland by becoming a Sponsor of a Bash entry or by simply making
a donation to Variety. Sponsors can be small or large businesses,
friends or relatives. All Sponsorship donations made payable to
Variety Queensland will receive official receipts. There can be tax
benefits for sponsors of Bash vehicles.
Why Do We Have the Bash?
The Bash is staged by Variety Queensland – the children's
charity to raise funds to assist in bringing about an improved
quality of life for special children in Queensland. Since the Bash
started in Queensland in 1990, in excess of $9 million has been
raised, which has been used to make dreams come true for special
Where Does the Money Go?
During the Bash, Variety makes donations of equipment or
facilities to many local communities. Bash organisers use local
community groups wherever possible to provide the catering for Bash
participants, by helping them to raise funds for children in the
area. Donations made to Variety Queensland are spent within the year
they are donated and the proceeds are all spent throughout
Queensland. Funds are used to purchase equipment, facilities or
tangible items which directly benefit the recipient. An Appeals
Committee assesses each individual request for assistance.
10 Years Strong !
The Bash team members
are operational fire
volunteering their time to raise funds to enter into this year’s
Variety Bash in a decommissioned fire appliance, which was donated
to Variety Queensland from the Queensland Fire and Rescue Service.
During the Bash we visit a number of schools and youth clubs and
carry out fire awareness and safety.
In 2015 Variety raised $1.1 million on this year’s
Bash for the disadvantaged kids of Queensland, and as an individual
team, OV Fire raised over $15 000. Very pleased with this effort
again. I would once again like to thank, OV Fire, the Bash team and
their families, our sponsors and supporters and finally Mackay and
Emerald Fire Stations for putting us up with a comfy bed for a night.
Queensland Flood Crisis
Helps in the big clean up!
As floods had
devastated parts of Queensland Variety kindly donated OVFIRE to help
out in the community in a time of need.
QFRS has taken up the
offer of Variety
and is doing official QFRS business, manned by QFRS Fire Fighters
led by Trevor Jarvis the crew hit the streets of Brisbane and helped
with the big clean up, Trevor also helps with raising funds for the
The crew spent days
around Brisbane helping with wash downs and pump outs.
Below are just a few
images none of which can show you the true and utter devastation
that many communities suffered.
If you or your company can provide
any support and
or possible sponsorship to
assist us in
our quest to raise the required funds to enter this event, and carry
out our endeavor to assist the above mentioned children to help with
their special requirements
do not hesitate to contact David Lloyd on Mobile: 0404 087 916, if
you require any further information, or are able to assist in any
2015 Bash Images
28th November 2013
OVFIRE awarded the
for raising just on $15,000 to $24,999
5th November 2012
OVFIRE awarded the
for raising just on $22,000
In total, all the
bashers raised a great $1.2 million dollars for the disabled and
disadvantaged children of Queensland. This is a big effort after the
financial trouble the country was in. Well done all.