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6 - 13 AUGUST 2016
Variety helps children in need to overcome whatever obstacles they face
and live life to the fullest. Simply put, we help kids be kids.
'Before having his surgery John would have to sit under a tree every lunchtime by himself.
Now he can run around with all his friends - he is never left out!'
Lilly, John’s sister
In my first year as Bash Chairman of the 2015 event, I have never been more proud
of a group of people to raise an outstanding $2.33 million net, a South Australian
record, in such a tough market. Another rewarding experience and perhaps my
personal highlight, was seeing all those involved creating the excitement and the
comradery, along with the willingness to embrace the ‘Variety Family’ with such
passion and for this I sincerely thank you.
To say thank you to the Bashers for their fundraising efforts and to their supporters
does not seem enough, but I know they are all driven by the same cause; supporting the children in South
Australia who are sick, disadvantaged and have special needs. We had 12 grants presented on the 2015 Bash
which was great for all to see the work of Variety. Variety touches families and communities from the city to most
remote locations in South Australia and that is what we can be really proud of.
Thank you to the officials, doctors and mobile workshop crews who work extremely hard to make this a seamless
and enjoyable event for the Bashers. Many entrants have commented that their dedication to Variety is based
around the fact that they can enter this event knowing they are supported and looked after. I would also like to
acknowledge the continued support of BAG 1 and BAG 2 (our semi-trailers). Peter Cochrane’s years of work, both
financially and on the event, is appreciated by everyone.
Integral to the success of every event is our sponsors. I particularly want to express my thanks and gratitude
to our Platinum Sponsor, Tim Adams Wines / Mr Mick. Tim and Pam not only support us financially but are
sensational Bash entrants with Team TAA. A huge thank you goes to our Gold Sponsors: Advance Robes, Beach
Energy, Codan, Kennards Hire, Cochrane’s, Toyota Australia, Vili’s, Ramsey Bros., Odyssey Carpets and Seeley
Welcome to our newest Gold Sponsor, MGA Whittles. They have been supporting Variety by supplying OV16 (one
of the aircraft) and have generously increased their support for the 2016 Bash.
We have the makings of an excellent Bash in 2016 - Port Lincoln to Clare or ‘Great Whites (sharks) to Great
Whites (wine)’. The formula of planning shorter days and later starts, providing more flexibility, along with good
country, good tracks and good fun, will be taken to another level this year with a two night break mid Bash.
Most Bashers have indicated their commitment to continuing again in 2016, so if there is anything I can do to
help in any way just call Chairman Rambo. To those who are thinking of joining the Bash for the first time (our
Bash Virgins) I can recommend Variety’s flagship event – ‘Variety Bash ya gotta do it.’ We are in this event
together and together we can do anything!
We look forward to your involvement in the SA Variety Bash, whether you are an entrant, a supporter of a Bash
car or an event sponsor, together we will make 2016 another great event.
Brenton ‘Rambo’ Ramsey, 2016 SA Variety Bash Chairman
Pam and I are delighted to continue our Platinum sponsorship of the SA
Variety Bash; a partnership that started in 2012, and one that we value
Tim Adams Wines, Mr Mick’s Cellar Door and Kitchen are all part of our
family-owned and operated winery located in the beautiful Clare Valley.
Our long-standing commitment to Variety has seen many cases of ‘Variety
Cleanskin’ wines sold through cellar door and mail order, raising funds for
kids and their families in need.
Over the years we have been enthusiastic participants in the 4WD and Bash events, the Variety Vintage Wine
Auction Luncheon and welcomed the opportunity to serve on the Board.
All the team of TAA (Tim Adams Airlines) thoroughly enjoyed the thrill of ‘flying’ the 2015 Bash and cannot wait for
the Pt Lincoln Bash to touch down in Clare in 2016. The plans for 2016 are well underway, with new staff members
and the very welcome return of Head Hostie Pam, who will come out of retirement for a comeback tour. We look
forward to creating some more entertainment along next year’s track.
Our ongoing involvement with Variety has had a tremendously positive impact, not only on our business but also
on us personally, all the while giving back to children in need. We highly recommend Variety to companies who
are considering sponsorship or alignment with a charity, it is a wonderful family and it is an honour to be a part
of Variety SA and the SA Variety Bash.
Pam and I would like to thank every participant for coming on board in 2016, wish you all the best in your
fundraising efforts and look forward to catching up at one of the many events throughout the year.
Tim Adams and Pam Goldsack, Tim Adams Wines
'Having a new fence and gate has created a safe place for Gypsy to
learn and play'.
Karen, Gypsy’s mother
The Variety Bash
The Variety Bash was created in 1985 by adventurer Dick Smith, when he took a
group of friends for a drive he called ‘The Bourke to Burketown Bash’.
The Bash is generally an eight day drive in the country with your mates. It is NOT
a race or rally, it is a madcap event designed to put the fun into fundraising.
Vehicles must be in standard condition and shall be models constructed prior
to December 1980 with run on models to 1987 (refer to the Events Manager and
Bash Chairman). The drivers and crews, however, are anything but standard
issue with most Bashers taking the one major rule - don’t take it seriously and
The Bash is the entrant’s reward for a year spent fundraising for the children of
SA who really need it.
The Bash today has not changed from its original concept. It began in SA in 1989
and has seen Bashers travel through much of our beautiful country during this
The 27th anniversary of the SA Variety Bash ‘500 Tracks to Loxton’ left from
Victoria Park on Saturday 8 August and after eight days and a total of 2,496
kms travelling through some amazing private property and scenic Bash tracks,
the contingent arrived in Loxton to a huge welcome from the locals, before a
celebration dinner on the riverbank.
There were many highlights for the 329 SA entrants in 103 vehicles. From the
grants along the track, the entertainment, the seafood fun stop and Bash Can
Dance competition, but the announcement in Loxton that the 2015 SA Variety
Bash had broken the record for a second year in a row raising an astonishing
$2.33 million net for our children in need was the biggest highlight of them all!
Over the past 27 years the SA Variety Bash has
raised in excess of $34 million (net).
to Great Whites
2016 celebrates the 28th anniversary of the
SA Bash, departing from Port Lincoln on
Saturday 6 August and finishing eight days
later on 13 August in Clare. On this year’s event, the entrants will be taken
on numerous interesting tracks and through many private properties seeing
parts of our state that many people would never have the opportunity to
During the event there are various trophies awarded to encourage fundraising,
fun themes, fun for the kids and overall fun… the ultimate winners of the
Bash are the children in need.
It’s a week today since returning from the trip of a lifetime, otherwise known
as the Variety Bash, and we think it’s fair to say that the whole experience
over the last year has touched us in a very deep and meaningful way. The
Bash was an incredible experience. It felt like we had run away from home
and joined the circus, and along the way met the most amazing people ever.
We meandered along some very rough and dusty tracks that aren’t normally
accessible to the public to see some incredible and spectacular sights.
While this in itself was enough to love, it is only a small insight into what this
year has been for us.
What started out as a whimsical idea to support a children’s charity through
Variety turned out to be a serious effort by ourselves and so many people
along the way. Too many to personally thank but indeed some that must
be mentioned, including three incredible colleagues who supported us
but never took the journey. To our close friends and our incredible clients
who provided the most generous support through monetary donations,
sponsorships or purchasing tickets for events or buying wares we auctioned
or sold, makes us personally so proud to have had what we can only describe
as a life altering experience and we are now advocates of this event.
Being able to meet and see some of the recipients of this charity was very
humbling. I know first-hand that this charity runs on passion, fuelled by
a tribe of people who are so generous that we actually can make positive
changes in significant ways to disadvantaged children and their families.
This year’s total is a staggering $2.33 million (net) an all-time record.
The actual Bash - well that’s just a magical mystery as to how it all happens.
We are in total awe of what has to be the greatest show of all, with all the
clever, masterfully planned and executed behind-the-scenes stuff that bring
this event to life but you never see, so we can’t explain it, you just have to
do it! We can only say that we are all so prou