Hotted up help for kids

Alan Wall and Toby Walker (17 months old) with David Hopkin after the Variety Creative Car Cruise. Picture: Matt Jelonek www.communitypix.com.au d416313
Alan Wall and Toby Walker (17 months old) with David Hopkin after the Variety Creative Car Cruise. Picture: Matt Jelonek www.communitypix.com.au d416313

Among them were Kelmscott resident David Hopkin driving a 1963 Holden EJ panel van, Gosnells resident Alan Wall in a 1974 Holden Torana and Bedfordale resident Peter Craddon in a 1958 Ford Thunderbird.

The cruise, which is a more relaxed version of the annual Variety Bash, allowed car enthusiasts’ to travel the State in their prized classic and performance cars over a four days, while raising money for Variety the children’s charity.

Participants travelled through the South-West, stopping in towns including Augusta and Busselton, while presenting grants to children in communities along the way.

Mr Hopkin initiated the Variety Creative Car Cruise four years ago, after discussing the idea with a friend on the Variety board, over a beer one night.

‘I had seen the great work that Variety had done previously and I thought it would be a good way to give something back. It’s very rewarding and you get to see first hand where the money goes,’ he said.

In 2013, the Variety Creative Car Cruise raised over $135,000 for children in need.

Mr Hopkin, who has raised over $15,000 himself, hoped $180,000 to $200,000 was raised through the participants combined effort this year.

‘We’re well supported by the community, as soon as people hear what your raising money for, they’re keen to help out.’

Participants must raise $4000 before they can enter the cruise and often come up with quirky fundraising activities to generate more money.

All the funds raised go towards Variety the children’s charity.

For more information visit www.varietywa.org.au