GALLERY: Quirky characters go all out for Variety Bash
CLASS was put on hold for the students of Beaconsfield State School yesterday as a convoy of Queensland Variety Bash cars made its way into the school grounds.
Mackay was the halfway point for the endless stream of quirky vintage cars, which are on a road trip from Gladstone to Townsville in the name of charity.
The Variety Bash team made the important stopover in Beaconsfield to deliver the keys to a brand new school bus, complete with wheelchair access, to the Mackay District Special School.
Variety - the Children's Charity Queensland CEO Steve Wakerley said donating the bus was just one example of how the charity gives back to the community.
"Variety gives out over $1 million each year to help kids who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs,” Mr Wakerley said.
"We have 110 cars here this year and each car that participates in the Variety Bash must raise a minimum of $8500.
"This event gives our hard-working members a chance to see where their money goes.”
Mackay will be the starting point for the 2019 Variety Bash which will finish in the Gold Coast. Mayor Greg Williamson said he couldn't wait for the community to host the launch.
"It is going to be excellent to see the 30th anniversary bash start in Mackay next year,” Cr Williamson said. "Particularly as so many Variety Bash members are Mackay locals.”