Runaway Brides begin 2020 with Valentines Day Bash

GOT LEI'D: Runaway Brides Emma Pedler and Sandra Lukin (back row) get into the Hawaiian and Valentines spirit with Dan Treagus, Janie Butterworth and Brody Burrows.
GOT LEI'D: Runaway Brides Emma Pedler and Sandra Lukin (back row) get into the Hawaiian and Valentines spirit with Dan Treagus, Janie Butterworth and Brody Burrows.

Coming off a huge 2019 which saw them raise more than $100,000, Port Lincoln base SA Variety Bash team 'Car MLC - The Runaway Brides' will hold their first major 2020 fundraising event with a Valentines Day Bash on Friday.

Last year the Runaway Brides raised the third highest fundraising amount for SA with $105,000 raised for Variety SA and winning the 'Variety Bash Outright Winners' and 'Highest Point Scorers' trophies at the Bash.

This year Sandra Lukin has returned to the team as the 'Boss Bride' and will be joined by Deb White, Charmaine Caston and returning Bride Emma Pedler.

"We're excited for the year ahead and things are well underway to match last year's results," Ms Pedler said.

Fundraising begins with the Valentines Day Bash this Friday at Beer Garden Brewing, starting from 6pm.

Ms Pedler said the Brides wanted to provide an inclusive event for singles and couples alike in the community, while enjoying a Hawaiian theme.

She said Beer Garden Brewing had continued its support for the Brides and would donate two kegs of pink beer for the event.

"It's not just romantic but good ol' country fun with live music, good food and great beer," she said.

"There's a lot of people in this town who might not have a significant other, so why should they have to miss out on the fun on Valentine's Day."

Ms Pedler said Hamish Ward from Cummins, whose family had been a Variety SA funding recipient in the past is donating his catering services for the event with lamb donated by Joe Dahlitz and pork bellies donated by Ramsey Bros and suppliers.

Permanent Bulge and Justin Slater will provide live music for the evening.

Other events are being planned for the year, including a Greek feast in Cummins on March 21 and a 'Backstage Bus Tour' during Mortlock Shield weekend.

A group of Adelaide men are also assisting the team's fundraising and will serve as the 'Grooms' on the support vehicle once the team reaches the $60,000 mark.

For more information on events and support, visit the 'Variety Bash SA Car MLC (The Runaway Brides)' Facebook page.