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Saturday, 24th March, 2018

Ronda Grant and David Lewis from Nowra were part of the week long-trek to Broken Hill. PICTURE: Myles Burt Ronda Grant and David Lewis from Nowra were part of the week long-trek to Broken Hill. PICTURE: Myles Burt

By Myles Burt

Variety’s 2018 “Sulphur to Silver 4WD Adventure” rolled into Broken Hill for the last stop of their week-long trek. 

The outback adventure took 70 people in a convoy of 33 4WDs from Cobar to Tibooburra, Innamincka, Birdsville, Maree and Wilpena Pound. 

Motoring Events Manager, Stuart Telfer, said the trip has been fantastic and has blessed with fine weather.

“You know, when you go to Tibooburra, Innamincka, Birdsville and Maree there’s not a lot of people there, so we’ve put some colour into their lives this week,” Mr Telfer said.

The event raise about $180,000 dollars for Variety which goes towards kids in need across Australia. 

Mr Telfer said they visited schools in Tibooburra and Birdsville where they spent around $4,000 on play equipment, 3D robotics and special needs equipment for the children. 

He said Variety was not a charity that specialise in one medical condition, and in NSW last year they focused on 200 different conditions affecting children.

“We get a lot of the kids that fall through the cracks in the big side of things,” said Mr Telfer. “We just want to make sure we can give Aussie kids a fair go.”

Mr Telfer said a lot of the tracks were dry, dusty and rough but that makes it more interesting for the drivers. 

When the convoy arrived in outback towns, her said it gave the locals a lift, especially the children.

“The kids just love it,” he said. “They’re coming to school for a regular day at school and find us all there having breakfast in their school, and a lot of the cars have giveaways for the kids.”

Mr Telfer said the Variety events draw a lot of regular drivers not only for the big outback treks, but for the children they help along the way. 

“When they see the kids and some of the special needs kids and some of the schools we go to, that just really rams it home what a difference they can make for those people.

“We travel together and we have fun together. We say we put the fun back in fundraising.”

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