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!

KYOCERA raises funds for Cancer Council whilst cooking up a Masterchef feast.

Kyocera recently held a Master Chef competition at our Sydney HO. Participants were tasked with creating a dish that would suitably feed some hungry but harsh judges.  Competition was fierce and a feast was had by all!

 A variety of cuisine from all around the world competed to be crowned the winner of  Kyocera Master Chef 2012. The accounts team representatives Marilyn and Jon brought a taste of Asia with San Choy Bow and Satay chicken.

IT was represented by Paul with his Apple and Rhubarb Crumble, whilst the sales team sent Suzanne with her mini passionfruit cheesecakes, which were a firm favourite.

Reigning champion from 2011, Nelson from IT, said ” Competition this year was tough. I saw one person eat dessert before their main course!”

The winner was a sticky date pudding with caramel sauce and crunchy praline, baked by Rebecca from the Finance team. 

During our Master Chef competition the social club sold teddy bears, pens and other Daffodil Day merchandise. The receipts from sales were donated to a the Cancer Council’s Daffodil Day which raises funds for cancer research and financial assistance for cancer patients and their families. KYOCERA Document Solutions Australia has participated in this charity event since 2001 and will continue to actively support Daffodil Day in the future.

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