Feeding the multitude: Charlie Horne and Lions Club supporters get ready to provide dinner and breakfast to Variety Bash participants.
Feeding the multitude: Charlie Horne and Lions Club supporters get ready to provide dinner and breakfast to Variety Bash participants. Renee Pilcher

Charity drive in Gympie

WHEN it comes to feeding the multitude, well known Gympie providore Charlie Horne says participants in this year’s Variety Bash can expect an excellent seafood dinner, a traditional cereal and bacon and eggs breakfast and of course, some traditional Bash tucker, sausages and onion gravy.

Bangers may well be a suitable food for Bash participants and they bang and bash their tough old vehicles along a course which replicates, as closely as possible, the original Bash, 20 years ago.

The Variety organisation started in the US as a show business charity effort to help disadvantaged children and its message of compassion and real action to help people has spread to many nations.

Mr Horne will help the Lions prepare the meals for Gympie’s special guests, who are this morning setting out on the 21st Bash, leaving the Gold Coast for nine days on the road.

The expedition is due to have left Seaworld with a convoy of cars like no other and is due at Gympie Showgrounds this afternoon.

From here, participants will head for Biloela, Emerald and Aramac, before a rest day in Charters Towers.

From there it is on to Innisfail, Tinnaburra and the finish line at Port Douglas on August 6.

A spokesperson said Variety Queensland has so far been able to help more than 30,000 children in need.

“With the help of our generous supporters, we have provided equipment and services worth more than $2.4 million,” a spokesperson said.

Participants will continue their journey tomorrow.

Gympie Times


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