A colourful fleet of 84 cars called into Parkes last week as part of the Variety Resurrection Run.
The first Variety event back since the start of the COVID pandemic brought about 230 people to Parkes for the night with up to $40,000 being spent on accommodation and food.
The Parkes Show Society was grateful for the opportunity to cater for breakfast on Thursday morning. “As Parkes show did not proceed this year due to COVID, we were very grateful for the opportunity to welcome and feed the participants as it afforded us a generous donation, and we had lots of fun,” said secretary of the Parkes PA&H, Liz Brown.
The children’s charity has seen its revenue drop by 80% this year, with a sharp increase of 400% in the demand for their services with a number of vulnerable families asking for help for the first time. Variety had to stop much of its fundraising activity in March, and had to cancel three motor- ing events projected to raise $2.9 million for kids in need.
The Resurrection Run, which started earlier this month and went on the country back roads from Newcastle to Mudgee, allowed Variety fundraisers an opportunity to hit the road again.
The majority of the participants were long time Variety supporters. “It is good to be back,” said the Benz Boys of Charles Stuart and Brian Burden, who have done 30 and 21 events respectively. They love the camaraderie and going to places they would never have seen otherwise.
Money raised supports kids through grants for things like technology and educational supplies, special tools for schools in need or equipment for kids and families with special needs.
“We put the fun back into fundraising,” said Motoring Events Manager Stuart Telfer.
“It’s all about ordinary Australians doing extraordinary things for kids.”
By Maggi Barnard