Cruising for the kids

Helen Symes and Dino Palumbo. Picture: Martin Kennealey
Helen Symes and Dino Palumbo. Picture: Martin Kennealey

He and Helen Symes will be among the 90 people who will help celebrate the event’s fifth anniversary when a record 27 cars complete the adventure through the State’s South-West.

The fleet of classic, muscle, sports and modified vehicles will make their way through Balingup, Pemberton, Walpole and Albany before finishing in Collie on Sunday, March 22.

The event is not a race but rather a casual cruise for charity, with car lovers committing to raise money for Variety, the Children’s Charity of WA. Participants contribute a minimum $4000 donation ($3000 for new cars) to help WA kids who are sick, disadvantaged or with special needs by providing practical equipment, programs and experiences.

Variety WA chief executive Michael Pailthorpe said the cruise was becoming a popular fixture in the charity’s fundraising calendar.

‘The past five years, the Variety Creative Car Cruise has grown to become very popular amongst the car enthusiast community and has grown each year,’ he said.

‘It attracts owners of all kinds of car makes and models, from 1930s hotrods, Rolls Royces and Cadillacs to Aussie icons like the GT and Monaro.

‘In 2014, the Variety Creative Car Cruise raised over $203,000, which is a result we are really proud of and hoping we can top.

‘For participants, the greatest reward is knowing their fun weekend makes a difference to the lives of kids in need.’