Variety Bashers leave Gympie
CATHERINE Variety Sheridan would have been proud of the enormous contribution made to the Gympie Region by the charity named in her honour by the founders of the world's first Variety Club.
Sadly, the abandoned baby who became the first beneficiary of Variety Club benevolence in 1928, was herself named after the social club formed by the actors who adopted her when she was left at the Sheridan Theatre in Pittsburgh.
Yesterday, participants in Queensland's 21st Variety Bash, held to raise money for disadvantaged children, left town on their way to Port Douglas, after a night camping at Gympie Showgrounds.
But they left behind a wonderful gift, a 12-seater van for Gympie Special School.
This year's bash has involved 550 Bashers in 106 Bash cars, 36 official vehicles and 13 support vehicles, as they make their way, “Port to Port,” from Southport to Port Douglas.
From here, they are heading for Biloela, Emerald and Aramac, before a rest day at Charters Towers.
From there it is on to Innisfail, Tinnaburra and the finish line at Port Douglas on August 6.