Runaway Brides pull out of 2020 SA Variety Bash

BRIDES: Runaway Brides Charmaine Caston, Sandra Lukin, Deb White and Emma Pedler during their Valentines Day fundraiser last month. Photo: supplied
BRIDES: Runaway Brides Charmaine Caston, Sandra Lukin, Deb White and Emma Pedler during their Valentines Day fundraiser last month. Photo: supplied

For the first time in more than a decade, the Port Lincoln based SA Variety Bash team Car MLC (The Runaway Brides) will sit out the remainder of 2020 in light of the COVID-19 situation.

The Runaway Brides announced on Tuesday no matter the future of the 2020 SA Variety Bash event, the team would take a break for the remainder of the year.

Boss Bride Sandra Lukin said the decision was made so everyone, including the team's sponsors and supporters could focus on getting through the difficult times ahead.

She said people, businesses and bashers have been supportive of the Brides' decision.

"As much as we are still dedicated to helping kids we need to let the town get through all this first," she said.

"People have been very supportive and people have given us praise for what the Brides have done over the last 12 years."

The Runaway Brides were named outright winners of the 2019 SA Variety Bash and raised the third highest amount in the state, $105,000.

Altogether the team has raised $650,000 over the past 12 years.

The 2020 Runaway Brides team was made up of Mrs Lukin, Deb White, Charmaine Caston and Emma Pedler who returned from 2019.

Mrs Lukin said it would all start again in the new year.

"We'd like to thank everybody for the support and understanding and we'll be back into it as soon as we can," she said.

Mrs Lukin said thanks was also extended to the team's sponsors and supporters.

The Brides will still draw their $10,000 lottery on April 3 under strict guidelines live on Facebook, more details on the event will be revealed early next week.