Strong Coast contingent having a Bash for sick kids
An eclectic mix of over 100 vehicles will complete an epic six-day journey with a picture-perfect finish along Noosa's Hastings St on Saturday.
The 2020 Variety Bash Adventure event combines Australia's longest-running motoring charity event The Variety Bash and The Variety 4WD Adventure.
The event, which includes 19 Sunshine Coast teams, delivered $118,000 in grants and scholarships for local kids and schools helping to change the lives of over 1700 kids living with sickness, disadvantage or disability.
The massive convoy hit the road from Bundaberg on Monday southbound, injecting up to $180,000 to provide a much-needed economic boost to regional Queensland along the way.
Among the participants is Peregian Beach resident Bill McCarthy from Car 640 - Keystone Private, a contender for this year's highest fundraising team.
Together with teammates Lesa Jackson and Jo Cairns, the team has raised over $79,300 and funded a Variety Heart Scholarship for 16-year-old Thomas from the Sunshine Coast.
Thomas is a talented wheelchair basketball player who lives with cerebral palsy, spastic diplegia and aspires to represent Australia in his sport with the support from his scholarship.
The events have raised more than $24 million for Variety - the Children's Charity since their inception in Queensland to help give Aussie kids a fair go.
"We're really proud of what our fundraising teams are doing for families and towns that have been hit hard by the challenges of droughts, bushfires and COVID-19," Variety Queensland CEO Steve Wakerley said.
"It's more than just the economic impact, it's also bringing excitement and joy back to these regional and rural communities who have had an especially tough year."