Variety keeps raising funds for children in need

ALL FOR KIDS: Don Aston and Merv and Lyn Mortimer with their vehicles ready to take part in Variety Moto Run.
ALL FOR KIDS: Don Aston and Merv and Lyn Mortimer with their vehicles ready to take part in Variety Moto Run.

This year marks the 14th anniversary of Variety - the Children's Charity of South Australia's Moto Run event; open to entrants with luxury vehicles and touring motorcycles.

After breaking the fundraising record last year, The Variety Moto Run is hoping to raise in excess of $250,000 for SA kids who are sick, disadvantaged, or have special needs.

Fifty vehicles, including thirty-four eye-catching cars, including an Aston Martin DB9 and McLaren S650 and seven motorcycles will be departing on Thursday, October 21, for the four-day event of camaraderie and fun.

Three local Variety Bashers will be taking part. They are Don Aston, and Merv and Lyn Mortimer.

It will be Don's first Moto Run, but he has been part of 31 Variety Bashes. Don will drive his Aston Martin.

"We have fun and the camaraderie is fantastic. We are all involved because we want to raise money for children who require support," Don said.

Merv is a veteran of 21 Variety Bash drives and looks forward to the Moto Run.

"Initially this event was just motor bikes, but about five years ago it was chnaged to include all vehicles. There will be motor bikes and some classy prestige cars on the Moto Run," Merv said as he prepares his Mustang for the event.

Variety SA Moto Run will tour 1200km across South Australia, travelling through the Barossa Valley, Murraylands, Clare and Victor Harbor before finishing in McLaren Vale on Sunday, October 24.

The cars will arrive in Victor Harbor, at the McCracken Country Club on the third day, Saturday, October 23, (approximately 4.15pm) and will be departing the hotel the next morning at 8.30am.

Don, Merv and Lyn will be among the 84 entrants travelling across the state to help kids in need.

The event allows entrants to explore some of South Australia's most interesting roads during the day and enjoy the best food and wine the state has to offer in the evening, all in the name of fundraising for kids in need.

Event highlights include oysters and pre-dinner drinks on the Cockle Train, Lion360 experience at Monarto Zoo, and an Op Shop theme night.

Variety Moto Run entrants get to see their fundraising efforts first-hand, with more than $135,000 worth of grants being presented on the route, including a Sunshine Coach proudly supported by Commercial General valued at $65,500 for Hendon Primary school.

The 21-seater bus will allow students to attend a weekly water safety program for children with a disability, as well as enable disadvantaged students to participate in various excursions throughout the year that they otherwise would not be able to.

The Variety Sunshine Coach program has been running since 2008 and in that time, Variety has helped over 100 schools and organisations with transport, with the funding totalling $6 million.

"We are thrilled to be able to get the 2021 Variety Moto Run out of the garage and on to the road to support the regional communities of SA. As the leading children's charity in our state the impact we have on the lives of children in need is well known, what's lesser understood is the significant economic benefit our motoring events have in the regional communities we visit," Mark McGill, Variety CEO said.

Every year, Variety SA relies on their sponsorships and entrants to raise money for kids who are sick, disadvantaged or who are living with special needs. The money raised helps children by granting practical equipment and funding programs.

In 2020, Variety South Australia positively impacted more than 24,000 kids, providing a total of 183 grants totalling $2,450,460. Variety's financial support assists individual children and their families, as well as schools, hospitals and other children's charities, making Variety South Australia's leading children's charity.

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