Bill Milburn (Quercus Berserkus), Casey Dwyer (Ubi Sumcus) love taking part in the Variety Bash “for the kids and its also a great laugh.”
Bill Milburn (Quercus Berserkus), Casey Dwyer (Ubi Sumcus) love taking part in the Variety Bash “for the kids and its also a great laugh.” Renee Pilcher

Variety Bash rolls into Gympie

THE world’s longest running variety show continues in Gympie today, as hundreds of drivers, passengers and supporters do their bit for disadvantaged youngsters.

The 21st Queensland Variety Bash hit Gympie yesterday on their fundraising way from Southport to Port Douglas in the 2010 Port to Port Variety Bash.

Fed and watered by Gympie provedore Charlie Horne and fellow Lions Club members at Gympie showgrounds last night, participants will have a hearty breakfast this morning before handing over a new passenger bus for Gympie Special School.

All of them are continuing the fine work started in 1928, when a small group of American variety performers, working in Pittsburgh’s Sheridan Theatre, discovered an abandoned child in the stalls.

Attached to her blanket was a note saying: “Please take care of my baby.

“Her name is Catherine,” the note continued. “I can no longer take care of her. I have eight others. I have always heard of the goodness of show business people and I pray to God you will take care of her.”

They named her Catherine Variety Sheridan and she became the inspiration for a charity that helps kids all over.

Sadly, Catherine died soon after visiting Australia in 1994.

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