SA Variety Bash cars crossed the finish line in Port Lincoln at the weekend, in case you missed it, and despite the long journey all the ‘Bashers’ were smiling from ear to ear.
And after raising more than $1.6 million for children in need, who would expect anything less?
But this year did seem to have an extra special local feel to it.
For the first time in Bash history the event had a female chairperson at the helm, Port Lincoln local and former Runaway Bride Sandra Lukin.
It was also pretty special to have the finish line celebration in town to provide a warm welcome home to all the Bash cars but especially the local teams – the Runaway Brides, the Stockmen, the Muppets and the Fairies.
Perhaps the best part about the event, for those who are not participating, is getting to see just how much good this event does not only for the Eyre Peninsula community but around the country.
This year the funds that local teams raised, with the communities help, was again impressive.
The Runaway Brides (pictured) raised more than $45,000, The Stockmen more than $18,000, The Muppets more than $10,000 and Tumby Bay team The Fairies raised about $9000 for Variety.
The money raised from Bash participants goes toward providing equipment and programs for children in need across South Australia and it has already started flowing into the community.
A Port Lincoln family and the Kirton Point Children’s Centre were recipients of Variety Bash grants in Port Lincoln, totaling $3759.
When the Bash passed through Kimba on Friday, they also presented Kimba Area School with a whopping $90,000 for an all abilities playground.
For a number of years now, the region has had a good number of participants in the Bash and they deserve to be thanked for the work they do to fundraise in the lead up to the event.
Without local people putting their hands up to take part, organise fundraising events, taking time off work to participate local families might be going without.
So while the region can’t always kick the Bash off or host the finish line party, it can continue to support a cause that supports local people as well as get behind the teams who work hard to raise the funds.