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Members of the bash team with
various dignitaries at Chermside fire station for a photo with the
Minister & Commissioner
is a Brisbane Queensland entrant in
Variety Clubs Charity Bash events that helps raise funds for
Hervey Bay to Landcruiser Mountain
We all got up early to get
to the start line (5am), as we had official duties that day and WAS
suppose to leave early and miss the start, but since it was announced
that we were in the top ten we were allowed to take up our position
with the rest of the field. All we had to do was go direct to our
first task for the day and miss the bash route. Small price to pay for
the glory of everyone knowing we had raised enough money to be there.
The start was at the
Hervey Bay shopping centre car park and it filled up quite quickly
with bash cars and bashers. We had breakfast and then time to start
your engines. So many people lined the start it was hard to wave and
acknowledge everyone but it was a proud moment for us. Daryl the
virgin basher had no idea what to expect.
Once the excitement was
over we headed to our first official duty which was to marshal all the
bash cars onto the oval of Howard State School but since we were early
we entertained the children, well actually Blazer did. We handed out
McDonald’s cookies which was donated by Bracken Ridge McDonald’s
(3220 boxes to be exact). Once most of the bash cars came in, the
school cut a cake for Variety for thanks of all the work Variety did
for the school. Even though this task was over we had to stay at the
school for the bash cars that had problems. Some didn’t even get over
the start line. After over 2 hours of waiting we got relieved and went
to lunch which was at Gayndah State School and had to parade past the
whole school before parking. The children went wild with all the cars
coming in and again we handed out McDonald’s cookies and Fire Service
safety information. Everyone had great manners.
After lunch we had a stop
at the Hivesville Hotel where all the virgin bashers get there photo
taken. Once they are all together and posing for the camera they get
sprayed with water from above for their welcome into the Variety
family, and yes Daryl got wet.
“Oh No Trev’s driving
again!!! BRACE BRACE BRACE”
Then a nice drive through
the forest up into Landcruiser Park where we set up camp for a cold
overnight stay in a swag. We thought our duties were over for the
night but one of the bashers had a health issue and the Doctors that
are on the bash for Variety, decided that they needed urgent attention
and wanted to Medic – vac them to hospital to be on the safe side. OV
FIRE was asked to help set up the landing site for the helicopter and
Lawrence Bell coordinated this request and a happy outcome to the
whole issue was achieved (we found out the next day that the basher
was fine). Yes, and it was a cold night, but we were not in a swag for
long after we finished this request.
Landcruiser Mountain Park to
Today we had our own issue
on the truck. Lawrence wasn’t feeling the best so he decided he would
head home before we got too far away from Brisbane. We left before the
field and dropped Lawrence off at Kilcoy which was on the bash route
and his wife came and picked him up. Just to let you know we got a
phone call from him late in the afternoon and he is fine. He will be
joining us again tomorrow in Warwick on the start line.
We had a rather easy day
today. OV FIRE had to visit three schools and Blazer handed out free
gifts. The schools were Goombungee State School, Kingsthorpe State
School and Pittsworth State School and the children just loved blazer.
Even though we had an easy
work day, the roads we went on was not so easy. Some of them you
couldn’t call a road but the truck handled it with ease.
After lunch the bash
visited two iconic hotels, The Royal at Leyburn and O’Shanley’s Irish
Bar in Clifton. They both had a great atmosphere once about 400
bashers and their cars turned up and took over.
Warwick to Goondiwindi
As we woke to a chilly and
foggy -1 degree morning we had brekky in a local park of Warwick and
Variety opened a Liberty Swing that they donated. Caught up with some
friends that had been kidnapped by a team called The Horn Bags and
was made up as honouree Horn Bags(Just glad it wasn’t me). Also our
team member had come back on board after an early drive up from
We thought we had an easy
day with just a school visit and follow the bash route for the day.
But were we wrong, we knew we couldn’t do the morning run as it wasn’t
suitable for heavy vehicles, so we were going direct to lunch which
was only an hour away. We watched the start and then drove around
Warwick for awhile and slowly took our time to the lunch stop at
Inglewood State School. When we arrived we found out that we had
official duties for the day from the Bash Coordinator. We wondered why
she was a bit stressed when we arrived and she told us we were doing
lunch time check in. Maybe we should of read day 3 official duties
instead of day 4. Lucky we still had plenty of to set up and all was
good but there goes our easy day.
The lunch was cooked with
the help of the children from Inglewood State School (on a Saturday)
from their vege garden which the whole school was so proud of.
Couldn’t ask for any fresher salad.
We did our official duties
and it was a good time to get some teams back from the start line that
had sprayed us with water. When will they learn never wet people with
2000 litres of water and a high pressure pump. WE WON!!!!!!! It turned
out to be a great day.
Once finished at the
school, it was an easy drive into our night stop at Goondiwindi. On
the way we had to stop at a local pub to refresh and isn’t it funny
who you run into, the Variety clowns.
Goondiwindi to Lightning Ridge
No rush to get up today as
we have an easy day when it comes to official duties. The temperature
was a lot better than yesterday and had a very nice brekkie beside the
river. We were asked to do a Random Breath Test on the bashers when
they departed. It was good to see everyone is keeping this a safe bash
with having their designated drivers.
Drove though the main
street of Goondiwindi and woke a few people up on a Sunday morning.
Then out to a school at Garah. Some of the students came in and had a
great time with the bashers. I think it was worth them coming to
school on a Sunday.
It is amazing what you
come across on the highway out in the bush. The bears in the woods.
We went into NSW and then
back over the border into Queensland for lunch at a place called Two
Mile Hotel where we had a two and a half hour lunch. This gave us
enough time to have a water fight with the bashers and what a water
fight it was. Think there were no winners today, just everyone got
wet. Even the local children got involved.
While we were waiting to
get released so we could get back on the road to drive to our night
time location we had a visit from Mad Max and a couple of road
warriors. It was a great display by them.
It was going to be a quick
drive in the afternoon to Lightning Ridge but as usual we came across
a couple of cars broken down so we helped them to get back on the road
and finally got into Lightning ridge early enough to relax before the
night function started. It is rare we get back early to enjoy a relax.
Lightning Ridge to Nindigully
Up to an early morning
start and no brekky at Lightning Ridge. We had to drive 75 kms into
the bush to a place called Sheepyard Flat Inn which is a pub and a
opal mine for tourist to dig for opals. This place was pretty cool
with working mines and shafts that litter the land. Heaps of old
machinery lying around. The guy playing the piano, he just kept
playing the whole time we were there nonstop. He was good too.
hope they are kidding
they wish they had a trailor
As we drove a bit further
we came across a stretch of water that is the remainder of the floods
from up north at the beginning of the year. You have to remember this
area did not get any rain, it has flowed down and now has nowhere to
go. They believe it could be another six months before this road may
open again. And this is only a small proportion of the water lying
around. Truly amazing.
We stopped at a town named
Hebal and went to the school to give away some more stuff and had a
chat about Fire Safety to some of the children.
We ventured to the next
School at Dirranbandi were they had lunch for us. It was very pleasant
and they had the children show us their many talents by putting on
Dirranbandi has got talent. They were so good at everything they
showed us and kept the bashers wanting more. Well done. Even the lunch
We left lunch early and
set up another Random Breath testing site. The bashers had nothing but
praise for what we were doing and not one of the drivers went anywhere
near the legal limit. This needs to be a safe bash for all.
When we packed up it was
off to our overnight stay at Nindigully. We were in early enough to
have a look around and there were pig races on for the bashers.
roaf again . . .
king of the world!
The theme for this night
was “bucks and hens night” as two long time bashers were going to get
married. For those who don’t get it, the dollar around my neck is
a.... wait for it....A BUCK. It turned out to be a great night.
Nindigully to Miles
Woke up to another
beautiful morning at Nindigully from a great clear night where you
could see so many stars. We had our Variety group photo and the top of
OV Fire was where the photo was taken. That was our first official
duty for the day.
They say country air is good for you ,
grown men in anumal outfits , I doubt the air is THAT good!
More disturbing than Dave
in a Tu Tu is Dave
looking up the skirt of a bear , that
isnt wearing one !
never know what you will open on these photo updates.
We had to take Blazer out
to a Teddy Bears picnic where he had a play with some of his mates in
the woods. So many bashers stopped to have a play with the bears as
well, that it became a fun stop and they stayed for quite some time.
Once everyone had enough, we continued on to lunch at Surat State
School (More cookies to give away).
We had to leave early so
we could go to our overnight stop at Miles and do the final check in.
On the way we had enough time to stop at some hotels, The Royal at
Meandarra and the Condamine Hotel at Condamine, were we came across
all these Santa’s having a great time but couldn’t stay as we had to
go and do our end of day check in. The crew of OV Fire got into the
theme and dressed up as well.
Oh my god!
Is that Trevor Smiling ?
Looks like Trevor may actually be
stand back it may be wind!
Miles to Cracow
Today we have official
duties to carry out, and that was to do the lunch time check out. This
allowed us to do the bash route to lunch and had the chance to visit
some more schools and chat with the children and hand out some stuff.
Yes more McDonald’s cookies and Fire Ed leaflets. We had three schools
to go to and they were Wandoan State School, Grosmont State School and
Taroom State School. Grosmont State School put on morning tea for us
(over 400 bashers) with home baked cakes and sweets (very YUM) and if
you believe it, with only six students. It was a pleasure talking to
some of them and seeing what it is like at the school.
Once we arrived at the
lunch time stop at Taroom State School and another nice meal we went
to work at our lunch time check out. Some of the crew found this very
arduous and had a nanna nap. We were here for over three hours before
we were released and decides to go the direct route to Cracow. We were
going to miss the trip though R.M Williams property, The Rocky Bar
Homestead and his final resting place, but if we didn’t we would of
got in way too late. Friends got some photo’s for us though.
The direct route into
Cracow was one of the roughest roads and I am using the word “roads”
very loosely, we had been on since the bash started and we were
starting to wonder if we were lost. There was even talk in the truck
of who we were going to eat first to survive. Of course we were just
mucking around, but I had my vote in. Ha ha. We finally come across
some local council workers and yes we did ask for directions. It
turned out we were on the right road/track to Cracow but they did make
mention that the road/track got even worse. Couldn’t wait!!! Some of
the bumps we hit, OV Fire got airborne and now Trev’s new nickname
became Top Gun. We did have fun on the way and stopped to try out our
survival techniques and trained for rescuing.
Finally got to Cracow and
civilization. We set up camp for the night and time to relax.
Cracow to Kingaroy
After a great night at
Cracow, we woke to a mild morning and there was no official duties for
the day. So the guys off OV Fire carried out another RBT at the start
line. There has been nothing but praise from the other bashers about
what we did and testing the bashers will now be a permanent part of
the bash .
I was asked if I could
drive the Top Hat Lounge for the day and the remainder of the crew
took a visitor on OV Fire. It was Trish the official Variety
photographer. Trish has been on the truck in previous bashers and
thinks the truck is a great place to get photo’s from when the bashers
pass us. It was a 235km drive through some more rough roads and dust.
At the first check point,
the boys acquired another passenger, (kidnapped) one of the teddy
bears from OV9. We did have a score to settle with them as they had
Blazer for the day without asking. The bear had a great time and OV9
was not happy and wanted it back. It is all in good fun of course.
We did have school visits
but one of them was an abandoned school, Aurburn River State School.
The buildings seemed pretty new so I am gathering it had not been
closed for long. This was a good place to have a fun stop and the game
was to tie an orange in a stocking around your waist and by swinging
your hips (no hands) had to hit another orange on the ground around a
course and be the first back to the start line. It was so funny to
watch them concentrate so hard to hit the oranges.
The next school was
Chinchilla State School and had another nice lunch. There was about
490 children very well behaved and a visit from Blazer made them go
wild. For being so well behaved they all got stickers balloons and of
The afternoon run was an
easy 162kms into Kingaroy and we know this is most properly the last
true bash run for this year. Tonight is the awards night and tomorrow
will be an easy run to the finish line, I think?
The awards night was held
at the Kingaroy Town Hall and after a beautiful sit down meal the
awards started. As the night went on some very well deserved people
won awards. Then it came to the last award and that was “The Basher of
the Year 2011”. The award is for the person who Variety believes has
the right spirit for fundraising and helping others to raise funds for
the children in need. This was won by.... David Lloyd (Lloydy) from OV
Fire. What a surprise and so unexpected. I am so humbled by this. I
couldn’t believe it and I had to go on stage to except the award to a
standing ovation from all the other bashers and was totally
speechless. This is an individual award, but I took it as a team
effort and if it was not for the team from OV Fire and others, I
couldn’t have achieved what we did for the year.
Once that was all done,
Variety announced the top ten fundraisers. OV Fire came in seventh
highest fund raiser which is a great effort and accomplishment for the
team. The highest Fundraiser was from Scooby Doo car and they raised a
huge amount, around $145 000.00. Well done guys from OV Fire. In total
from all the bash teams, Variety raised $1.3 Million this year for the
children of Queensland. I am so proud to be involved with this great
Kingaroy to Gympie (Gympie
What an exciting night we
had and now back to work. We had one last official duty to perform and
that was to marshal the whole bash cars in an area prior to heading
into the Gympie Muster so the whole convoy can come in together rather
than spaced out across a long time. There was a bit of a discussion if
OV Fire could do the morning run. We decided to go for it and after a
slow slow crawl up a range we made it to the marshalling area.
Now was a good time to
give the bear back to OV9 and all was forgiven.
We had all the cars in and
lined up ready for the 32km run into the Muster. The Top Ten was lined
up first and OV Fire was in its place, seventh on the grid. This was a
good chance to catch up with other bashers while we waited and then
came the call to get in the cars and head off.
Travelling through some
nice country we turned a corner and WOW!!! We came across a camping
area of the Gympie Muster and as far as you could see was caravans and
tents. This was only one of many camp sites we passed through and all
the bashers made sure the campers knew we were in town. The campers
ran to the road side and cheered us in to our finish line. There was
so many people and I could tell Daryl was so overwhelmed being his
first time but would say all of us thought the same.
As we past the finish line
we knew another year was over and we made it without any real issues
and would not see some of the people until next year. As we were one
of the first in, we could stand at the finish and cheer the rest of
the bashers in over the line and congratulate them for finishing. The
next couple of hours was the time to catch up and talk about the great
times we had on the bash and say goodbye to some that were not staying
for the Muster.
Right on cue, once the
bash finished, the weather turned and it started to rain. This made
the area pretty muddy and sloppy but it’s a bash and everyone took it
in their stride. We had entry into the muster and saw some famous
artists perform and had a great time.
The day after
Woke up to pouring rain
and thought it may be a good idea to leave when we still could and a
lot of the others thought the same and even then some had trouble
getting traction in the mud. It was going to turn into a mud bath very
In closing for this year,
I would like to say a very big thank you to the team of OV Fire (Trev,
Lawrence, Daryl and Lloydy), to their families, to all our sponsors
and supporters that has helped throughout the year to make this bash
possible and everyone else that helped us fundraise for the children
in need. A special mention to Rhiannon Jarvis for doing up our logo.
Also thanks to OV Fire itself for surviving another year being driven
in adverse conditions and keeping the team and other bashers safe.
Thanks to all and see you
2012 - Dalby to Mackay –
Cotton to Cane.