Variety ‘the spice of life’ as miners and MP hit the road for a good cause

April 09, 2014

Spending seven days in a car with anyone is tough at the best of times, but it will be that little bit easier for Newcastle MP Tim Owen, Centennial Coal’s Katie Brassil and Orica’s Greg Holmes, hitting the road in the knowledge that they are raising money for disadvantaged youth.
The trio has teamed up for this year’s Newcastle Variety Bash which is raising funds to purchase special needs equipment for disadvantaged children in the Newcastle region.

The seven day road rally starts in Newcastle on 18 May and will finish back in the heart of the Hunter on 24 May. This year marks the 23rd annual NSW Newcastle Variety Bash, which will give our entrants the opportunity to explore other communities in regional NSW while raising much-needed funds for a fantastic local cause.
Tim Owen is leading the charge, with support from co-drivers Holmes, General Manager of Orica’s Kooragang Island Operations, and Brassil, General Manager of External Affairs at Centennial Coal. The adventurous trio will tackle the tour in a 1965 Rambler Classic, generously donated to them by local supporters of the annual event. 

Their route will take them through top towns and mining regions, starting in Newcastle, through to Sydney, Wollongong and Jervis Bay, back up to Goulburn and Wollondilly, out to Wagga Wagga, Parkes and Katoomba and Lithgow, before finishing up in Newcastle. 
All vehicles signed up to the event must have been built before July 1974. They need to be roadworthy, registered and insured as prescribed by State laws. Each vehicle must hold a maximum of four crew members, so it is a fantastic opportunity to team up with some friends and do something different for a good cause. This is strictly a fun event and bashers can be fined for taking the festivities too seriously, so if you sign up it’s recommended to leave your boring side at home.
The Newcastle Variety Bash is another great example of how our NSW Miners are supporting our local community and even having some fun in the process. You can donate to the cause by visiting Variety’s website

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