Fairies doing it for the kids

THE FAIRY GIRLS: Back: Annette Hammond, Kerrie Stutley; front: Sue Milligan and Tania Harris.
THE FAIRY GIRLS: Back: Annette Hammond, Kerrie Stutley; front: Sue Milligan and Tania Harris.

THE Tumby Bay SA Variety Bash team has been working 'fairy' hard again this year to support South Australian children in need.

It is the third Bash for Car IGA - The Fairy Girls but fairies Annette Hammond, Kerri Stutley and Sue Milligan are joined this year by "virgin Basher" Tania Harris.

Their fundraising is well underway with trading tables, a girls night and one major fundraiser already under their belt and two more major fundraisers to go, with a Rump and Rooster Night at the Seabreeze Hotel on Saturday night and a Christmas in July dinner featuring the Presidents Men at the Tumby Bay Yacht Club on July 19.

The Fairy Girls have raised more than $30,000 for Variety SA in the last two years earning a bronze star for their car each year for raising more than $15,000, and they are on track to do it again this year with about $12,000 already in the kitty.

The money goes to supporting South Australian children with disability, serious illness or disadvantage through a range of Variety programs.

Mrs Hammond said generosity of local people and businesses both in Tumby Bay and Port Lincoln had been fantastic and the team was very grateful for all the support it had received.

Their hard work will all pay off in August when they hit the road for the Bash itself, along with other local teams, The Runaway Brides and The Stockmen from Port Lincoln.

This year's event is a National Bash with Bashers from every state meeting in Sydney.

The South Australian Bash will leave from Adelaide on August 9 and arrive in Sydney on August 17 - via places like Tilpa, Bourke, Lightning Ridge, Narrabri, Tamworth and the Hunter Valley - in time to join a convoy of about 800 Bash cars driving over the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

"It will be awesome," Mrs Hammond said.

Seeing the children along the way will also be a highlight as the teams hand out gifts to children at stations and appeals to help children in need.

Mrs Hammond said all of the money raised by South Australian Variety Bash entrants stayed in South Australia and it was always good to see some of the funds come back to the Eyre Peninsula region.

It was Mrs Stutley who got the team started but Mrs Hammond said they had all become passionate about the cause.

"It's something Kerrie always wanted to do but once (Sue and I) heard about it we jumped on board with her.

"It's just such a good cause."

Tickets to The Fairy Girls' Rump and Rooster night, featuring country and western singer John O'Dea, this Saturday night are $40 from Tumby Bay Foodland or call Sue Milligan on 0447 774 030.

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