Kinder & Co’s long standing customer, EnergyAustralia is valiantly entering the 2013 Variety Bash. This year’s race starts in Echuca on August 20 and will see the team race across outback Australia aiming to arrive in Broome by August 31. And pictured here is the car that they will be racing in!
The team of 4 from EnergyAustralia is Paul Koopmans, Ken Ballingall, Roger Tart and Nigel Whitehead. Paul and Ken are pictured here with Kinder & Co’s Christine Kinder and Alison Stansby.
The Variety Bash was originated by entrepreneur and philanthropist Dick Smith in 1985 when he organised a group of people to travel from Sydney to Bourke in Far West New South Wales, and from there to Burketown in Northern Queensland.
Dick wanted to take a few mates for a drive in the outback in old cars and at the same time raise money for charity. He charged everyone to enter, and entrants were able to bribe the officials or be fined. That first event raised $250,000 for Variety and was known as the Bourke to Burketown Bash.
The annual Variety Bash is Australia’s most successful charity motoring event. It is the focal point of fund raising efforts by many hundreds of supporters of Variety, with the money raised helping to empower children who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs to live, laugh and learn.
In 2011, Variety Victoria celebrated its 21st Variety Bash. Since 1992 the Variety Bash has covered a staggering 83,312 kilometres and has raised over $16 million for children in Victoria.
Kinder & Co is very proud to sponsor the team from EnergyAustralia and wish them all the best in the Bash.