Big bush bash to help disadvantaged kids

Peter Broad, John Udy and Brett Royal. Picture: Michael Bain Photography
Peter Broad, John Udy and Brett Royal. Picture: Michael Bain Photography

Mr Udy and his two counterparts, Brett (Lumpy) Royal and Peter Broad, are taking part in the 25th Anniversary Variety WA Bash, which kicks off in Exmouth this Saturday and finishes in Perth on August 31.

The trio, dubbed Two and a Half Men, will travel with 150 other participants, all in brightly coloured cars over 25 years in age, through eight towns, presenting grants of educational and recreational equipment to individuals and regional community groups that enhance the lives of WA kids.

Mr Udy has been participating in the event since 1993 and has been ‘bashing’ with the same crew for the past six years.

‘I prepared a bash car for a customer to enter in the inaugural Northern Territory Variety Bash and was invited to join in when a team member pulled out,’ Mr Udy said.

‘I was able to see first-hand how monies raised went directly to helping disadvantaged kids in the Territory and decided to give a little bit back, having two healthy children of my own.

‘I became a committee member and basher in the Northern Territory for eight years,’ he said. The three men have participated in more than 35 Variety Bashes between them and always look forward to catching up with like-minded people, who share the same vision of improving the lives of WA children.

Last year, Mr Udy and his crew were the top fundraisers of the event, raising a huge $150,000, which they hope to top this year.

The money raised through this year’s bash will support three main programs ” Variety Caring for Kids, Variety Future Kids and Variety Freedom, which will help deliver a range of medical equipment and experiences to support the specific needs of individual children.

Last year, Variety WA provided practical equipment and programs for children to the value of $3.2 million.