THREE local teams, Car Mit, The Runaway Brides and The Stockmen, will be among the more than 100 cars taking part in the 29th annual SA Variety Bash when it kicks off this Saturday.
It will be the first bash for team Car Mit and team members Kym Dorward, Jeremy Hartwich, Jeff Bowers and Leon Earl will be embracing their Muppets theme in their 1971 VG Chrysler Valiant.
Mr Dorward, who took part in last year’s bash in a ‘Frozen’ themed car, said the team had reached its $15,000 fundraising target.
He said the community and businesses had been generous with donations of money and goods for auctions as well.
We spend all year raising money and being able to see that our hard work changes people’s lives is something really special.Runaway Bride Sandra Lukin
Mr Dorward said now all that was left to do was get ready for the eight day, 1875 kilometre drive from Mount Barker to Mount Gambier.
Runaway Brides team member Sandra Lukin is preparing for her 11th bash this year alongside fellow Port Lincoln team members Deb White, Emma-Lee Pedler, and ‘virgin’ Bride entrant Kym Whillas.
Mrs Lukin said finding a favourite part of the Variety Bash in 10 years experience was difficult but admitted that talking to the parents she met along the way was the real highlight.
“We spend all year raising money and being able to see that our hard work changes people’s lives is something really special,” she said.
On Friday night at Variety’s Gold Door Panel evening the Runaway Brides were announced as third highest fundraisers in the state, raising more than $100,000.
“That's a whole lot of families that you have helped us to make life a whole lot better.”
Entrants get to enjoy the fruits of their fundraising labour as they get to present $463,000 worth of grants over the eight-day bash.
Local participants got a taste of the good the money can do when Variety funded climb proof fencing for a Port Lincoln family with eight-year-old twins who live with autism and global development delay, to the value of $31,750.
The 2017 Variety Bash kicks off this Saturday, August 12 in Mount Barker and travels through the South-East of South Australia, across into Western Victoria and back into SA for the finish in Mount Gambier.