Killarney hosts hungry bashers
KILLARNEY State School was inundated with 380 people yesterday when the NSW Variety Bash stopped by for lunch.
Around 118 bash cars were on show as participants handed out lollies and other gifts to the children on arrival at the school.
Spokesperson Stuart Telfer said this year marks the 26th anniversary of the fundraiser and in upholding the tradition of the bash starting and finishing at destinations starting with B the bash left “B” Shed at the Sydney Markets and will finish today at Byron Bay.
The Bash is not a race or rally, but rather a drive though the Outback to raise money for Variety.
The annual Variety Bash is Australia’s most successful charity motoring event.
In his speech yesterday Mr Telfer thanked the Killarney State School for opening up their grounds and catering for the bashers’ stopover today before presenting the school with a laptop computer and software worth over $2000, taking donations for this year’s bash to over $75,000 in equipment and resources to help and support schools and communities.
School art teacher Karen Larkin painted a diptych in the mural competition as part of the Variety Bash taking in the Killarney scenery.
The mural is judged against entries from other stopover points along the bash. Karen donated the mural to the Variety Bash and it was auctioned yesterday with basher Lindsay Curry paying $500 for the artwork.
As the Killarney State School hospitality class served lunch to the bashers, the school choir and Idol winners provided entertainment.
The Variety Bash left Killarney heading up through the Condamine Gorge to Lismore for the night and will finish tomorrow at Byron Bay.