Delma, the shark car, is set to drive on to help sick, disadvantaged and special needs children.
G.J. Gardner Homes Wollongong and Shoalhaven directors Nathan Fay and Sean Vickery have Delma, a 1979 Statesman, ready for the 35th Variety Brydens Lawyers B to B Bash 2019 for Variety - the Children's Charity at the end of the month.
They are part of the massive Shoalhaven band of 'Bashers' getting ready for the bash.
Delma, Nathan and Sean will be joined by G.J. Gardner Homes Sydney North director Horst Lueckl.
This is the G.J. Gardner's fifth bash and their aim is to raise $100,000 for children in need.
Nathan said their team would be taking 'Delma' for a 10- day journey from Bondi, travelling north on the East Coast arriving at Batt Reef, Port Douglas, some 4,300 kilometres later.
Along the way, they'll be stopping in many towns and schools to talk about Variety and see the great results the fundraising dollars deliver.
"To see first-hand how the money we raise makes a difference to the lives of kids who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs is just amazing," Nathan said.
"We have set a high target this year and really hope the Shoalhaven and Wollongong communities can help support us to reach this for Variety - the Children's Charity.
"Thanks to the great support of our generous community, we raised over $83,000 for Variety at last year's B to B Bash.
"We're at it again and all donations are welcome, nothing is too large or too small but the more support we get, the more children we can help."
Sean said that as a family run business and with many families and children associated with their business, the G.J. Gardner team really feel for the families doing it tough, which is why they choose to support Variety whenever they can.
"Driving Delma isn't a leisurely drive by any stretch of the imagination," he said..
"It's hot and dusty out there but it's worth it to know that we're making a real difference to the lives of children and families who need our support."
Go to https://varietybtobbash2019.everydayhero.com/au/g-j-gardner-homes-delma to support the team.
The Variety Bash is Australia's longest running and most famous charity motor event that promises scenic outback drives, fun stops, fun nights and camaraderie with a unique group of the wackiest and most passionate road trippers you'll ever meet, all the while raising important funds for Variety the Children's Charity.
Helping children like Joshua
For nine-year-old Joshua from Maroubra, who lives with epilepsy and severe gut dysmotility requiring PEG feeds, and global development delay, he had a wheelchair but desperately needed a walker to learn to walk on his own.
Unable to source funding through other avenues, Variety was suggested to Joshua's mother Suzie as an alternative option.
Not only did Variety provide Joshua with a walker, but the family also received funding to help cover PEG feeds, which can quickly become very expensive.
"Variety helped give my son some confidence, a little independence, and motor skill learning potential," Suzie said.
"He's got the strength and he rules the world in the walker."
Variety helps in a number of ways
Donating to Variety provides support in a number of ways to children who may otherwise not have been able to access resources, programs or therapies.
- $1,200 gives access to nutritional feeds and nappies for 12 months
- $2,400 pays for school uniforms and learning aids for 12 months
- $4,200 supports a child with hearing aids or an insulin pump
- $7,000 provides a child with a wheelchair or a standing frame
- $10,000 will give vehicles modifications for kids with a disability