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And they’re off for a Bashing good week | Pictures Sharon Claydon, Nuatali Nelmes and Maddison Elliott at the start line in Bar Beach on Sunday.
Super Hubert and fans ready for the Bash.
Paralympian Maddison Elliott with Bashers B1 and B2.
Paralympian Maddison Elliott at the starting line in Bar Beach on Sunday.
Paralympian Maddison Elliott at the starting line.
Logan Weir checks out the Lego car ahead of the Bash.
Jayden, Logan and Dylan Weir with the Lego car at Bar Beach ahead of the Bash.
TweetFacebook 2017 Variety NSW Pictures: Variety NSWTHE forecast rain stayed away and Mother Nature turned on the charm as two-time Paralympian Maddison Elliott set the adventurers off from Bar Beach for the 2017 Variety NSW Bash on Sunday.
The 18-year-old swimming sensation from Maitland, with the help of Newcastle lord mayor Nuatali Nelmes and federal Member for Newcastle Sharon Claydon, waved the flags and the colourful cavalcade of 82 Variety Bash cars took off for the week-long adventure to support Aussie kids in need.
Ms Elliott, who was born with cerebral palsy,became the youngest n to win a Paralympic gold medal. She credited Variety with helping her achieve her dreams.
“I wouldn’t be where I am today without Variety,” she said.
“I’m excited to be at the start of the Variety Bash and wave off all the amazing Bashers whofundraise all year round to help thousands of other kids like me.”
The Variety Bash will visit Gilgandra, Cowra, Narrandera, Yass, Bathurst and Muswellbrook before finishing back at Bar Beach on Saturday, May27.
Along the way, the Bash crews will donate $51,000 worth of resources and equipment to 12 regional NSW schools. Among the grants this year’s Bash will provide are a smart brailler for children with impaired vision and an all abilities swing for a school playground, makingsure Aussie kids have access to opportunities they may have otherwise missed out on.
Variety NSW regional director Jason Bourke said visiting schools and meeting the kids was a highlight of the “bashers”.
He said Variety hoped to raise more than $800,000 through this year’s event.
“All of the funds raised will provide grants to kids in need,” he said.
“This might be a new wheelchair for a child with a disability, a scholarship tohelp a child facing financial hardship achieve their sporting dream, or even nappies for a family doing it tough”.
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