Eyre Peninsula locals ready for Variety Bash

The 2021 SA Variety Bash is getting ready to begin next weekend and 12 Eyre Peninsula residents will hit the road as part of this year's Bash teams and behind the scenes.

This year's event will see Bashers depart from the SA Produce Markets in Pooraka on August 14 and travel 2410 kilometres through communities including Leigh Creek, Innamincka, Port Augusta and Clare.

Two teams will be made up of Eyre Peninsula residents, familiar faces Car MLC - The Runaway Brides as well as the returning Car 605 - The Fairies from Tumby Bay.

The Runaway Brides consist of boss bride Sandra Lukin, Emma Pedler and Deb White, as well as first timer (virgin bride) Leticia Waters.

Ms Lukin said The Runaway Brides have had a busy year fundraising and had an amazing response from the community with people supporting raffles and businesses providing sponsorship.

She said it was great to see continued involvement from the Eyre Peninsula, whether it was on the Bash or supporting fundraisers.

"It's always good for the Eyre Peninsula to be involved in it and also to see the money we raise come back into this area in grants for kids, for schools, kindys and even families," she said.

"We're really looking forward to catching up with other Bashers and spending money in country areas."

Joining in her first Bash, Ms Waters said it was a great opportunity to be pushed outside of her comfort zone to raise money for children in need.

"The more I learn about Variety SA the more impressed I am with this charity and the numerous ways they are making a difference to children's lives. It's been amazing to discover how many friends and family have directly benefited from Variety," she said.

Returning after a year off are Car 605 - The Fairies from Tumby Bay, consisting of Kerrie Stutley, Sonia Mullan and Sue Milligan.

Mrs Stutley said there had been challenges with fundraising due to COVID, however they had been well supported by the community and the team was looking forward to the start of the Bash.

"We'll be really looking forward to 'Bashing' around South Australia and it's a great opportunity to catch up with other Bashers who have been fundraising over the last year and get out to the communities and see the kids along the track," she said.

"We're making sure our costumes are on point, fluffing our wings up and we'll be heading off next Friday."

One other local, Tony Lukin, will take part with the Mallee Bulls team while there will be others helping behind the scenes, with David Ahola, Noel Hampel, David Oldman and John White assisting as officials.

This year's SA Variety Bash aims to raise more than $2 million for for children in need across South Australia.

Bash entrants will see first hand the benefits of their fundraising efforts bear fruit along their eight-day journey, with grants totalling $67,251 to be presented along the route to help kids in need.

Over the past 32 years, the SA Bash alone has raised more than $45 million (net) for South Australian children who are sick, disadvantaged or live with special needs.

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