Industry generosity helps drive charity trip

Variety Bash

Four wheels, 6000km and $75,000. NIBA CEO Dallas Booth has just returned from a 10-day trip through NSW’s dusty west that helped raise millions for charity.

The NSW Variety Club Bash took participants from Brisbane to Busby’s Bore in Sydney’s Centennial Park, stopping off in at rural schools along the way to distribute donated goods.

Booth says it was a fantastic experience.

“There were 300 people in the NSW Bash, from multi-millionaires to motor mechanics and everyone in between,” he says.

“It was just a wonderful group of people who enjoyed the open road, camaraderie and helping out children in need.”

This year marked the 30th year Variety has run the Bash, which has so far raised more than $200 million for the charity’s efforts.

To celebrate the milestone, each of the six state-based Bashes this year finished their runs at Centennial Park in Sydney, bringing together 1500 drivers aged 18 to 81 in a colourful range of vintage vehicles.

Booth’s Team Toshiba raised more than $75,000 dollars for Variety and he thanked those in the insurance industry who had helped out.

“I’ll be contacting each and everyone of them to offer my personal thanks,” he says.