Variety Bashers

Variety of delights at Condo Public School

As colourful cars lined the street, horns honked, music played and Minnie and Micky Mouse handed out lollies, Condobolin Public started to look more like Disney Land than a school last Thursday morning.

• Many children from Condobolin Public School had a great time meeting the Variety Bashers at the school on Wednesday morning. Among the ‘Bashers’ were Papa Smurf, Smurfette and Azrael the cat. LP

By Lara Pearce

As colourful cars lined the street, horns honked, music played and Minnie and Micky Mouse handed out lollies, Condobolin Public started to look more like Disney Land than a school last Thursday morning.

The school played host to over 250 ‘Bashers’ as they made their way around New South Wales in the 24th Variety AHA NSW Bash.

As colourful cars lined the street, horns honked, music played and Minnie and Micky Mouse handed out lollies, Condobolin Public started to look more like Disney Land than a school last Thursday morning.

• Batman and Robin delighted the school children last Thursday. LP

Riders and drivers included AHA NSW hoteliers and bankers in the St George Happy Dragon Wagon.

Variety is an Australian charity supporting children who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs.

The school’s P&C provided breakfast for the Bashers as children from Condobolin Public, St Joseph’s and the preschools gathered in the playground to see Batman and Robin, Scooby Doo and Fred Jones, Bob the Builder, Fred Flintstone, clowns, bees, cows and even a few sets of sheets make appearances.

A Smurf had an unofficial horn-honking competition with some of the children, while other animated characters handed out lollypops, stickers, rulers, pencils and other gifts to the excited youngsters.

The carnival atmosphere continued after breakfast as the children were treated to a hilarious performance from the World’s Skinniest Magician, Super Hubert.

As colourful cars lined the street, horns honked, music played and Minnie and Micky Mouse handed out lollies, Condobolin Public started to look more like Disney Land than a school last Thursday morning.

• This pair were among a number of clowns in the Australian Hotels Association (AHA) NSW Variety Bash which visited Condobolin Public School last Thursday morning. They joined the Bash in their very ladylike car, Bubbles the Bug. LP

“The children were quite excited with the helicopter landing,” said the school’s Principal, Deborah Nay. “They loved the magic show and then they went into class and had a fantastic day at school.”

“We had a fantastic turnout by the parents and staff with the P&C to support the day.”

The 75 colourful pre-1974 vintage Variety Bash cars set out from Newcastle last Sunday, doing a round trip of NSW through Young, Hay and Ivanhoe before arriving in Condobolin on Wednesday evening.

Leaving on Thursday morning, they returned to Newcastle via Mudgee and Cessnock.

Tam Johnson, the CEO of Variety, says she is delighted that the AHA NSW has partnered for another year supporting Variety.

“The annual Variety NSW Bash is an institution in the Hunter and Newcastle region and, alongside our AHA NSW partners, we are able to continue helping children in need,” she said.

 

Surprise!

Shannon thrills Bashers with special performance

Shannon Noll made a surprise appearance in Condobolin last week, delighting the unsuspecting AHA Variety Bashers with a concert at the Royal Hotel.

• Shannon Noll performed for over 250 excited Variety Bashers in the Royal Hotel’s marquee along with local boys Simon Jolliffe on the mandolin and Shannon’s brother Damien Noll on the guitar last Wednesday evening. LP

By Lara Pearce

Shannon Noll made a surprise appearance in Condobolin last week, delighting the unsuspecting AHA Variety Bashers with a concert at the Royal Hotel.

Shannon performed with brother Damien and local musician Simon Jolliffe in a marquee set up for the Bashers at the back of the Royal Hotel last Wednesday evening.

He sang a range of old favourites including Shine and the song that brought him to fame in 2003, What about me?

Shannon said it felt great to be able to give something back to fundraisers like the Variety Bash.

“The reason I got voted through [Australian Idol] was people being charitable to me so it is the least I can do, to give a bit back,” he said.

“It is great to be back home as always and see a lot of familiar faces and to come back for a great cause like this is really gratifying.”

It was a short stay for Shannon, however, as he had to fly back to Sydney the following morning, ready for his performance at the Giants versus Adelaide game at Spotless Stadium in Sydney Olympic Park on Saturday.

Shannon is ramping up his musical career once more, with the release of a new album planned.

“I have got about forty songs ready to go at the moment,” he said.

“Hopefully, the new album will be released in the next month or so and then I’ll announce a big tour by the end of the year.”

The concert was organised by St George Bank, who are sponsors of the AHA Variety Bash and had a carload of Bashers participating in the event.

“We are extremely thankful to Shannon for agreeing to take part in this event, which is not just about the outrageous vehicles but more importantly about raising money to fund much-needed equipment and resources for kids across NSW with unmet needs,” said Paul Murray, who is the Regional Manager for St George.

Over 250 Variety Bashers enjoyed the concert, with many taking to the dance floor and others jumping in selfies with the Condobolin-born star. The Royal Hotel hosted the Bashers for dinner in the marquee, with many in the community pitching in to support the charitable event.

Bashing on Condo’s door

More than 250 Variety Bashers will descend on Condobolin next Wednesday 20 May.

• Some of the 250 Variety Bashers who will shortly be on their way to Condobolin. Contributed

More than 250 Variety Bashers will descend on Condobolin next Wednesday 20 May.

• Micky and Minnie Mouse will be among the Variety Bashers visiting Condobolin next Wednesday. Contributed

By Lara Pearce

More than 250 Variety Bashers will descend on Condobolin next Wednesday 20 May.

The loud, fun-loving Newcastle ‘Bashers’ will bring more than 70 novelty pre-1974 vehicles, including a VW Bug Batmobile, a 1972 vintage Bedford ice cream van, a 1974 fire truck and a 1965 Rambler Classic. Many of the drivers and riders will be dressed up, with John Paul Young, Bob the Builder, the Ninja Turtles, Mario Kart and Mickey and Minnie Mouse all expected to make an appearance.

The Bash raises money for the children’s charity, Variety, which raises money for sick and disadvantaged children. The money is raised before they set off, with donations made to children throughout the journey.

This Newcastle group of ‘Bashers’ are supported by the Australian Hotels Association NSW, with many staff members joining in the drive. Over one week, the ‘Bashers’ will cover a mammoth 2,050 kilometres around regional New South Wales.

They will stay the night in Condobolin, before sharing in breakfast with the children at Condobolin Public School on Thursday 21 May. They will entertain the children with their loud outfits, characters and vehicles, as well as making a presentation to the school of five iPad Airs and seven cases.

Thousands of Variety ‘Bashers’ travel around Australia each year, brightening children’s faces and boosting regional economies around the nation.

“In the event’s 24 year history, $9 million has been raised for local kids in need – bringing mobility, self-esteem and independence to the lives of thousands of special needs and disadvantaged kids,” said Variety the Children’s Charity NSW CEO, Tam Johnston.

 

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