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Colourful convoy heads to Sydney for charity

FUN will meet philanthropy this weekend as up to 140 cars take to the road as part of Queensland's 25th annual XXXX Gold Variety Bash.

The colourful convoy will be departing from Suncorp Stadium on August 8 with over 370 people taking part in the drive down to Sydney, all to raise much needed funds for children's charity, Variety.

Bashers will visit over 1000 children across 11 schools in the state, with the tour's very own Clown using countless tubs of face paint and handing out dozens of balloons to brighten the day of kids the Variety Bashers meet.

Hervey Bay's own Michael Johns will be participating in his fourth Variety Bash along with his three team mates from across the state.

While Michael's team has managed to raise up to $13,500 for the charity drive, there were moments when the road seemed bumpy.

"I've been at the mechanics all afternoon trying to sort out an oil leak," Michael said.

"We're really pressed for time as we leave in the morning at 6am."

As for costumes, the team is still undecided on a single theme so have each gone their separate ways.

"We've got multiple themes going at the moment, I've got a Monsters Inc onesie to wear for one day and a pink tutu with black leggings to wear another day."

"I've also done my hair in a rainbow mohawk for the occasion."

And it's not only his hair that's been modified as Michael explains the details of the red VH commodore he will be driving in this year's bash.

"It's got an extended range fuel tank, bash plating, extra lights and sirens, a front bull bar and of course stickers from our sponsors including Frank's Home Decor Centre in Pialba."

After kick starting the adventure in Brisbane, Bashers will circle the west over eight days, travelling through regional towns before arriving in Sydney for final night and National Bash celebrations.

This year's celebration of a National Bash will see a final total of about 2000 participants and 700 cars from six consecutive State Bashes, culminating in a national Bash Anniversary celebration in Sydney on Saturday August 16.

Michael Johns and his Commodore will soon be taking part in his fourth Variety Bash which kicks off this weekend.
Michael Johns and his Commodore will soon be taking part in his fourth Variety Bash which kicks off this weekend. Alistair Brightman

Topics:  hervey bay, suncorp stadium, variety bash



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