On the road with the Gremlin

A quick update on how Kyocera supported team ‘Gremlin’ is holding up on the road, traversing through Queensland for the Variety Bash

Having left the town of Emerald on Monday 5 August, the Gremlin team are having a blast travelling through Queensland trying to raise $25,000 for Variety.

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On the road they’ve encountered minor aches and pains in the old car, but nothing serious enough to slow them down significantly. Day three and four saw them through Stonehenge and Winton. Despite a potentially faulty gearbox and a busted rear shock absorber, they’re still battling through!

Gremlin Parade

The weekend took them to Mt Isa with the Gremlins parading in the Mt Isa Rodeo Parade on Friday 10 August.

Look out for our next post, which will wrap up how the Kyocera supported team ‘Gremlin’ went in the 2013 Queensland Variety Bash!

Follow the Gremlin Team and keep up to date on their trip by visiting their Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/Car555TheGremlinVarietyQld?ref=hl

For donations: remember to include the note ‘Car 555’ when donating at:

http://www.variety.org.au/QLD/Donate/

For more information about the Queensland Variety Bash visit:

http://www.variety.org.au/bash

Following the “Gremlin” team in the 2013 Queensland Variety Bash

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Kyocera Document Solutions is excited to support our distribution partner, Dynamic Supplies in their sponsorship of the 2013 XXXX Gold ‘Sun, Saddles and Surf ’ Variety Bash. Its ready, set, go! Variety will be raising much needed funds to help children across Australia with participants competing in the 3,500 kilometre journey across Queensland.

Starting Monday 5 August from Emerald and finishing at Mission Beach on Wednesday 14 August, the journey promises to be a fun and colourful fundraising event with more than 400 motorists participating in the 24-year-old tradition.

We will be proudly encouraging the ‘Gremlin’ car’s voyage in this year’s Queensland Variety Bash. Purchased by Gerry and Mike Walsh in 2007, the Gremlin is a 1967 HR Holden Wagon. Featuring green flashing lights, spot lights and a loud speaker with animal and siren noises, this car will certainly be hard to miss! The ten-day journey will pass by towns like Blackall, Stonehenge, Mount Isa and Normanton, giving locals –from school children to grandparents – a chance to learn more about Variety’s mission in Queensland. Participants will also help deliver much needed equipment to schools and hospitals.

This year’s team consists of Gerard Walsh, Michael Walsh and Oscar Sacristan. This will be Gerard’s fifth bash and Michael’s third, both men seeing the bash as a hobby with a good cause. Oscar, who works for Dynamic Supplies, is entering for the first time. Let’s hope these guys can raise much needed funds for Variety!

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Kyocera in partnership with Dynamic Supplies is proud to be supporting the Variety Bash and the charity’s persistent effort to improve the lives of sick and disadvantaged children. Kyocera is also excited to see how the team goes this week with their trip.

Mark Vella Director of Sales & Marketing Kyocera Document Solutions, comments: “Variety is a wonderful charity that makes a real-life difference to those who need it most. We are very eager to support the bash and help the charity continue its remarkable work in enabling sick and disadvantaged children to fulfil their potential. Our support of the Variety Bash comes as part of our long-term commitment supporting our partners and addressing community needs.”

For more information visit http://www.variety.org.au/QLD/Events/Motoring-Events/bash/

Charities such as Variety and their annual Queensland Varity Bash, bring forth the joy of helping others

The organisation Variety, was started by a group of theatre owners in Pittsburgh USA who in 1928, found an abandoned baby outside the ‘Variety Club’. The baby’s mother had pinned a note to the child’s clothing which read:

“Please take care of my baby. Her name is Catherine. I can no longer take care of her. I have eight others. My husband is out of work. She was born on Thanksgiving Day. I have always heard of the goodness of show business people and pray to God that you will look after her. Signed, a heartbroken mother.”

The group set about raising money to buy items needed for her care and were so successful that they decided to widen their view to offer assistance to local orphanages. Their philosophy was that they would not give money – only goods and services. Variety spread throughout the entertainment industry and today there are 80 branches worldwide. Lord Louis Mountbatten brought Variety to Australia in 1975 with Paul Hogan as the first Chief Barker (Chairman). Today it is represented in all states and territories, reaching tens of thousands of special children each year.

The Queensland Variety Bash started in 1985, with Dick Smith taking a group of motorists from Bourke to Bourketown in their old cars, raising money for charity along the way. All of the money raised went to the Variety Club of Australia to further its support of sick, disabled or disadvantaged children. Every entrant has to raise money for Variety and all vehicles must be 30 years old or older at the time of entry and be non-performance modified. Any cash donations go directly to the charity, not to the cost of preparing vehicles, meals, fuel or accommodation for the entry teams.

Look out for our next post, which will update you on how the  ‘Gremlin’ team went in the 2013 Queensland Variety Bash!

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