The 28th Variety Federal Group TasBash sets off today, with 10 themed cars and teams of passionate fundraisers, on a 4-day adventure from Turners Beach in the north west, through to Elwick Racecourse in Hobart. Hon Roger Jaensch MP, will be this year’s TasBash Grand Marshall waving the starting flag, marking the beginning of the 2018 TasBash supporting Tasmanian children who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs.
Mr Jaensch says, “Officially opening Variety’s TasBash for 2018 is a great honour, and on behalf of the Tasmanian Government, I would like to thank Variety for their selfless work raising money for those in need. I would like to wish all ‘Bashers’ good luck and safe travels for the days ahead.”
Variety Tasmania CEO Mohammad Aldergham said “The Bash is not a race, it’s a parade of the creative minds of the teams behind each vehicle. No two cars are the same. The ‘Bashers’ fundraise all year round in preparation for this event and we are deeply grateful for their commitment to Variety Tasmania and Tassie children who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs.”
Along the way the teams will hand over grants for all-ability playground equipment, library furniture, sensory products and bicycles to schools in the local communities.
TasBash Director Mr Dave Flower says, “A highlight for the Bashers is the school visits, where they interact with the children and see that money raised in Tasmania goes to empower Tasmanian children”. On the first day of the journey, the Bashers will be stopping at Sprent School and the Devonport School of Special Education.
TasBash will conclude at the Elwick Park Racecourse on Sunday 28th October, between 11:30am and 1:30pm with a Parade and heaps of entertainment for the whole family, including face painting, special performances by Exit Lift Performance Academy and Derwent Scottish Pipe Band. Free entry.
Preparation for the TasBash 2019 has already begun, so get in touch with Variety Tasmania to find out more about joining an adventure of a life time and supporting Tasmanian children in need.