Councillors and Mackay wizards Laurence Bonaventura, Greg Williamson and Ross Walker with the Variety Bash tour vehicle.
Councillors and Mackay wizards Laurence Bonaventura, Greg Williamson and Ross Walker with the Variety Bash tour vehicle. Nick Wright

Councillors hit the road to weave some Mackay magic

IN THE confines of an old $500 Mercedes, a pair of Mackay councillors will embark on a journey throughout the sunshine state to raise money for disadvantaged children.

Mackay Region councillors Laurence Bonaventura and Ross Walker will join more than 300 cars for the 30th Variety Bash as the 'Mackay Magic' duo.

The 30th tour will leave from the Sugar City on August 28, and the entourage of vehicles will visit 28 schools throughout Queensland and northern New South Whales as it raises money for Variety, The Children's Charity.

Cr Bonaventura acquired the car from the Abandoned Vehicle Auction and has decorated it with an array of bright colours in a collage representative of the Mackay region.

While he fears the old Mercedes might not last the 2367km journey, he said the Variety Bash was an ideal opportunity to promote the region while raising more than $1 million for the children's charity.

"Part our journey will be to visit approximately 2800 children at some of these country schools. The fact we raise money that goes to those worthy causes is the feel good part of the event,” Cnr Bonaventura said.

"That's going to be part of the buzz for the city too, there's going to be cars running around with lots of decorations on them and it's going to be a great time for Mackay. It's just part of the magic.”

Variety, The Children's Charity raises money to support kids and families who are facing many challenges through sickness, disadvantage or living with special needs.

Mackay Mayor Greg Williamson said the hundreds of people who would stay in town for three days before the event presented an ideal opportunity to inject an economic boost to the region.

But he said it was the chance to contribute to a great cause that stood out, after the Bash last year provided a special needs bus to support children in Mackay.

"The Variety Club of Queensland has raised a significant amount of cash that is put back into the Queensland economy, and back into deserving groups around Queensland,” Cr Williamson said.

"It's quite a spectacle, but when you think about the money they're going to raise for Queensland it's absolutely outstanding.”

The Variety Bash will leave from the Breakwater at Mackay Harbour on Wednesday, August 28.



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