Thornlie man hoping to avoid Smurphy’s Law on Variety Bash

Alan Douglas’ travelling companion Paul Sergiojew in his Papa Smirf outfit ahead of this year’s Variety WA Bash.
Alan Douglas’ travelling companion Paul Sergiojew in his Papa Smirf outfit ahead of this year’s Variety WA Bash.

WHEN it came to picking a costume and theme for his car ahead of this year’s Variety WA Bash, Alan Douglas’ choice was simple.

The blue 1982 Ford Fairmont wagon the Thornlie resident and his friend Paul Sergiojew will be driving during the charity road trip easily lent itself to Smurfs comparisons.

Mr Douglas, about to embark on his fifth Bash, said finding Smurf-related gear had actually been quite a task.

“Trying to get Smurf merchandise isn’t easy, because it’s copyrighted and patented,” he said.

“It’s a bit hard trying to get things and trying to find a Smurf flag, we’ve got a costume from AJ’s Costume Hire this year though, they really helped us out.”

While a charity drive around rural WA may seem like someone’s idea of a holiday, Mr Douglas was quick to stress the amount of hard work and stress involved.

“I’m just hoping myself and the car holds up, it’s a hard seven days on the road with the rough roads and the corrugation and the tracks we go down,” he said.

“It’s demanding on the cars, but there’s a lot of good backup support with mechanics who are donating their time as well, people donate their time and tools to help out through the night.

“Towns give up their workshops throughout the night so people don’t have to work on the side of the road.”

However, Mr Douglas said all the tribulations were worth it to give back to the community.

“You do all the hard yards fundraising and then you get to celebrate a bit, donate things to the schools and the children and see where the donations are going,” he said.

If you wish to donate, you can visit Variety WA’s website and use car 328 as a reference point at https://www.variety.org.au/bash/events/2018wabash/.