Hundreds of colourful Variety Bash drivers breakfast in Mount Isa

BASH BUDDIES: Team M&Ms catching up with Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, and Snow White at the Special School breakfast. Photo: Esther MacIntyre

BASH BUDDIES: Team M&Ms catching up with Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, and Snow White at the Special School breakfast. Photo: Esther MacIntyre

Batman, Iron Man, and Spiderman had breakfast with Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, and Cinderella this morning at a very special Mount Isa school.

Around 300 characters from the Variety B to B Bash had a cooked breakfast with all the trimmings at Mount Isa Special School, after arriving in town on Monday night.

Students and teachers joined members of the public, Mount Isa Mayor Joyce McCulloch, Mount Isa Police, and Mount Isa Harley Owners Group Chapter in welcoming the bashers.

The Variety Bash donated colourful wheelchair accessible bubblers to the school, which can be used by a number of students with disabilities.

CEO of Variety the Children's Charity, David Sexton, was at the breakfast and said it was great to be in Mount Isa after many dirt roads.

Part of the fun is the bash’s requirement to only have cars from 1978 or earlier, Mr Sexton said.

“There’s always mechanical mishaps along the way, because these cars are not young."

“They go through lots of harsh conditions in Australia to be part of the bash each year,” he said.

Among the different crew there are several mechanics, two helicopters, and an ambulance service.

“It’s a real logistical exercise, but it’s one to keep the roads and the people safe,” Mr Sexton said. 

Ninety cars will visit a total of 13 schools in the 10 days between Saint Mary’s in Sydney, to Buffalo Creek in Darwin.

The convoy departed from Sydney on Thursday August 3, and travelled through Wellington NSW, Bourke, Hungerford, Thargomindah, Adavale, Blackall, and Winton before arriving in Mount Isa on Monday night.

The Bash leaves Isa on Wednesday, heading to Avon Downs, Tennant Creek, Spell Paddock Bore, Katherine, Jabiru and finishing at Buffalo Creek, Darwin, on August 13.

The Variety Bash is a culmination of 10 months of fundraising for Variety – the Children’s Charity.

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