'Bedrock Bashers' ready to roll
ALMOST a year of preparation and the "Bedrock Bashers" are ready to drive through the outback and help Queensland kids in need.
Warwick locals Rodney Kilner, Gary Lang and Chris Robertson, with brother Geoff Robertson from Townsville, have put the finishing touches on their 1978 Flinstone-themed car for a ten-day roadtrip, all in the name of a good cause.
The XXXX Gold Variety Bash raises money for children's charity Variety, through the trip covering over 3,500 kilometers across Queensland.
Starting on the August 5 in Emerald, the route will take the "Bashers" via the Mount Isa Rodeo and end in Mission Beach on August 14.
Gary, Chris and Geoff have done the fundraiser for a number of years, but this will be Rodney's first time.
"I'm going out there with an open mind, I have no idea what to expect but I really am looking forward to it," Rodney said.
Chris said they do it all for the kids.
"It's a lot of fun to see what you can do to help out, it's basically ten days of permanent smiles."
Mechanically, the car is ready to run and there are only a few minor tweaks to do before the team hits the road.
"It's something that gets in your blood," Chris said.
"Volunteering is infectious and antibiotics won't help you with this."
As well as raising funds to help disadvantaged or sick kids, the Bash allows participants to experience the spectacular Australian outback.
This year the XXXX Gold Variety Bash has raised $1.45 million net with over 400 participants travelling in over 140 vehicles.
Along the journey, the various cars will help deliver much-needed equipment to schools and communities in isolated areas.
"Just seeing the faces of the kids makes it all worth it," Geoff said.
"You drive past a property or go along a road and all the kids wave at all the crazy cars driving past."
The event has raised more than $17 million for children's charity since its inception 24 years ago.
To donate, visit Variety's website at http://www.variety.org.au/donate.