Quirky cars and crazy costumes to hit Mount Isa just in time for rodeo

A 10 day, 3,500km road trip of a life time will see some colourful characters and a lot of fun had all in the name of helping Queensland’s sick, disadvantaged and special needs kids as the 2013 XXXX Gold ‘Sun, Saddles and Surf’ Variety Bash departs in August and arrives in Mount Isa just in time for the iconic Queensland event – the Xstrata Mount Isa Rotary Rodeo being held from August 9 to 11.

Over 400 participants, each with their customised crazy car (meeting specific requirements such as at least 30 years old and no performance enhancing modifications) will set out on the dusty dirt roads of Emerald on August 5.

As with all of Variety Queensland events, there will be the integral mix of fun and philanthropy as the affectionately named ‘Bashers’ meet with locals – school children, parents and grandparents alike – to brighten their day and provide equipment and services to sick, disadvantaged and special needs kids along the way.

The Bashers will circle the west, travelling through towns such as Emerald, Blackall, Stonehenge, Winton, Boulia, Mount Isa, Normanton, Georgetown, Mareeba and Mission Beach, supporting local economies as community groups supply delicious food to the Bashers and the car convoy utilises accommodation where possible.

The all important stop over will see Bashers enjoy the Xstrata Mount Isa Rotary Rodeo – an iconic outback Queensland event that this year’s XXXX Gold Variety Bash has been based around. Bashers will then arrive in Mission Beach on Wednesday, August 14 for the finale.

Since its inception in Queensland in 1990, the Variety Bash has raised more than $17 million for children and children’s organisations across Queensland.

The 2012 XXXX Gold Variety Bash raised an astonishing $1.45 million (net). This year over 400 participants travelling in over 140 vehicles will set out to raise even more money for the kids!

Variety Queensland Motoring Events Director Rob Goodwin said the 2013 XXXX Gold ‘Sun, Saddles & Surf’ Variety Bash was a road tripping adventure, with entrants coming from near and far to participate.

“The Variety Bash started in 1985 when adventurer Dick Smith took a group of intrepid motorists from Bourke to Burketown in their old cars, raising money for charity along the way,” said Rob.

“We’re entering in to our 24th year of the event and we’ve got Bashers that come from all over to participate in this once in a life time adventure and raise much needed funds for the kids we collectively support,” he said.

To find out more information about the XXXX Gold Variety Bash and Variety – the Children’s Charity, please visit www.variety.org.au/qld. To donate, please head to www.variety.org.au/qld/donate

For information on rodeo, visit www.isarodeo.com.au

Penny Cameron, Marketing & Communications Manager
, Variety Queensland

D:  07 3907 9300  |  M: 0458 683 324| E: penny@varietyqld.org.au

   Variety – the Children’s Charity of Queensland
Unit 1, 17 Alexandra Place, Murarrie QLD 4172
P:  07 3907 9300  |  F:  07 3890 3177  |  W : www.varietyqld.org.au