DAVID Murray from Yeppoon is a basher and proud of it.

As the Variety Club XXXX Gold Variety Bash gains momentum for its 2013 run to raise funds for the children's charity, David is gearing up to make this run an experience he will remember for the rest of his life.

It has been four years since he first became involved with the Variety Bash after wanting to do something for children in need.

"I have been involved with the Yeppoon Scouts for 14 years and I wanted to do something more," David said.

"The bash is a fabulous way to assist children and the bonus is that it is a whole lot of fun."

David will be joining Greg and Debbie Wilson in their kitted out VW this year and they will be going all out to raise funds.

The 2013 XXXX Gold 'Sun, Saddles and Surf' Variety Bash will start on Monday August 5 (departing Emerald) and finish on Wednesday August 14 (in Mission Beach).

This will be the 24th year of the Variety Bash in Queensland and will take Bashers via the Mount Isa Rodeo The course will take 10 days and cover over 3,500 kilometres.

Joining David in the bash will be over 400 like-minded people. coming together for the annual Variety Bash.

Money raised supports Variety - the Children's Charity helps Queensland kids who are sick, disadvantaged or who have special needs to live, laugh and learn.

The Variety Bash started in 1985 when adventurer Dick Smith took a group of intrepid motorists from Bourke to Burketown in their old cars, raising money for charity along the way.

Since its inception in Queensland in 1990, the Variety Bash has raised more than $17 million for children and children's organisations across the state.

The Bash is not a race, rally or speed trial and all vehicles must be 30-years-old or older at the time of entry and be non-performance modified

The single most significant rule of the Bash is to relax and enjoy the event away from everyday pressures, while seeing and experiencing the splendour of the Australian Outback and helping Queensland kids in need Visiting a number of schools over the 10 days on the road, the "Bashers" as they are affectionately known, will help deliver much-needed equipment to schools and communities along the way., bringing smiles to the faces of the kids who will benefit from their generosity.



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