Variety – the Children’s Charity of Queensland has added an exciting new event to its annual road-trip fundraising calendar – the Variety Dash for Kids.

The Dash is a whole new offering, but does combine elements of the legendary Variety Bash and Variety 4WD Adventure events. Both old and new cars, 2-wheel and 4-wheel drives of all makes and models are invited to participate.  Even combis and off-road camper trailers can join in on the escapade – as long as you’re happy to take the vehicle on dirt and the roads less travelled.

Born from a response to the COVID-19 pandemic which crushed the events and tourism industry and saw the cancellation of Variety Queensland’s Bash event in 2020, a shorter hybrid combined Bash and 4WD Adventure event was staged last November.  It was such a success that Variety Queensland has developed this new Dash offering, which runs for just six days, is open to more vehicle types, and though still aimed at adults, also accommodates family groups with kids.

The inaugural Variety Dash for Kids will run from 8-13 November and kicks off in Gladstone, ending in Hervey Bay.  It will also stop in Blackwater, Alpha, Carnarvon Gorge and a highlight will include an overnight stay at the original RM Williams’ property – Rockybar Station.

“The annual Variety Dash will be a much welcome economic boost to the country towns we visit, and also an alternative holiday option for Australians wanting to see the outback but are hesitant to go it alone or would prefer the company of others,” said Variety Queensland CEO Steve Wakerley. “Our events are renowned for being fun – with lots of activities, themed cars, great evening functions – backed by amazing scenery and the opportunity to visit small communities – all for the important cause of helping kids get a fair go in life.”

The Dash, aptly named for its quicker duration, requires participants to fundraise $3500 or more per vehicle (minimum 2 people per car) and this is where Variety can step in to help those new to fundraising.  The Variety team creates fundraising platforms for event participants, where they can keep track of dollars raised, plus the team can help with fundraising ideas.

Funds raised help kids who are sick, disadvantaged or living with disability get support from Variety Queensland when they need it most – through the granting of equipment, services and scholarships, and through the delivery of programs and experiences.  No matter what challenges have been thrown their way in life, Variety is committed to all kids having the ability to reach their full potential.

Registrations are now being called for and cost $165 per vehicle.  As well as the fundraising component there is a provisions levy (which covers all meals, event merchandise, camping fees, and final night hotel accommodation, gala dinner and drinks).  This costs adult $840 and child $563 (early bird price until 30 September adult $756 and child $507). To register your interest go to www.varietydashqld.com or phone 07 3907 9300.

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