Shoalhaven crews start Variety B to B Bash trip with a donation

Shoalhaven Variety Bash crews are set to tackle a 10-day, 4,400-kilometre trip that will take them to the Northern Territory as they raise funds for Australian children.

The Shoalhaven Variety Bash team has raised more than $187,600 this year for the Variety Brydens Lawyers B to B Bash, which leaves Bonnyrigg in Western Sydney on August 12.

Before the cars and crews left Nowra on Saturday, Variety made a donation to the Shoalhaven District Memorial Hospital Paediatric Unit.

Variety donated a DCA Vantage Analyzer which provides the most up to date testing for children with diabetes.

Shoalhaven Hospital Paediatrician Mark de Souza said the new machine was an “excellent way” for people with diabetes to track their control.

“It’s probably the most important measure of diabetes control,” Mr de Souza said.

“It’s an essential component of a modern diabetes clinic. These good people, out of the generosity of their hearts, have made it happen.”

A four-person Shoalhaven crew of Brian and Joanne Muller and Joyann and Garry Arnold, who were named outright winners of the Variety Bash last year, will lead the 100 cars on to their adventure to Braitling, Nothern Territory. 

Mr Muller said it was his 25th Variety Bash and spoke for the group, who were “always excited” as they head off. Two Shoalhaven crew members were also attempting their first Bash.