The 2018 SA Variety Bash will begin on Saturday, bound for Port Lincoln with many local participants, including the first time chairperson Sandra Lukin.
The first female chairperson of the SA Variety Bash, Mrs Lukin has overseen this year’s event which celebrates its 30th year and is revisiting the original route from Adelaide to Port Lincoln from 1989.
She said it would be exciting to see the event get underway especially after going through the route four times this year to ensure everything would be right for the 2018 participants.
“I’m looking forward to entrants witnessing the tracks we have set out for them so they can enjoy so much of SA and to reward them for their hard work all year,” she said.
As well as finishing on the Lower Eyre Peninsula this year’s event will see a lot of involvement from local people.
Arriving into Port Lincoln on August 18 will be three local teams, Car 22 (Stockmans), Car MIT (The Muppets) and Car MLC (Runaway Brides), of which Mrs Lukin has been a member in past events.
On top of this Car 605 (The Fairies) from Tumby Bay is taking part, as is Mrs Lukin’s husband Tony Lukin as a member of Car 727 (Mallee Bulls) from Lameroo.
Mrs Lukin, who is on her 12th Bash this year has normally ridden in a Bash car, but in her first event as chairperson will be riding in Variety’s ‘OV1’ vehicle, driven by Deb White, also of Port Lincoln.
She said this year the three medical vehicles coming along for the Bash would include two Port Lincoln paramedics, David Oldman and Jenny Veers.
The Bash will arrive in Kimba August 17 before travelling to Tumby Bay and Port Lincoln the following day with a finish line event planned on Tasman Terrace.
“We want the locals to come out on Saturday (August 18) and welcome the bashers because they’ve spent the better part of a year raising money for Variety,” Mrs Lukin said.
Port Lincoln City Council has provided support for the finish line event including a $6000 cash contribution.
Mrs Lukin said everyone was thankful for the council’s support.
“The council have been good supporters of the ‘Brides’ over the years and it’s good to see their support for my first year as chairperson,” she said.