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Turtles and other characters bash out charity message

Emily AceSouth Western Times
VideoA loud and proud convoy of more than 40 vehicles stopped by the Koombana Sailing Club on August 20.

A loud and proud convoy of more than 40 vehicles stopped by the Koombana Sailing Club on Monday as they continued their week long Variety Bash adventure across the South West.

Cars of all shapes and sizes filled with more than 100 “bashers” departed Optus Stadium on Saturday, arrived in Bunbury for an overnight stay on Sunday and will stop at Wharncliffe, Pemberton, Kojonup, Boyup Brook and Mandurah on their journey.

Participants had been busy preparing their pre-1994 cars for the trek, with themes including Frozen, The Avengers, Despicable Me and Captain Underpants in their efforts to raise money for WA children in need. The Middle Aged Ninja Turtles were also a fan favourite, with the team embarking on its 9th consecutive bash.

“It’s a great week to get away with your mates and raise money for kids who need it — so you can’t lose,” team member Brad Dean said.

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“We are all here from all walks of life, all with a common goal — which is about helping kids, but we want to have a good time doing it.”

This year the team has raised just shy of $20,000 so far.

Bash boss Travis Clark said there was still “a long road ahead” with school stops and community group visits on the cards.

Mr Clark said money raised from the event would go towards individual grants and programs for disadvantaged WA kids.

“We have programs such as the Motor Mouth camp we run for children with communication difficulties and their families to help them deal with that difficulty,” he said.

Visit www.variety.org.au/bash/wa/ to donate.

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