Variety is spice of life

Joe Barbaro is taking part in the 2014 Variety 4WD Challenge. d420072
Joe Barbaro is taking part in the 2014 Variety 4WD Challenge. d420072

For the first time, Mr Barbaro will be setting off solo, with his usual travel companion unable to make the trip, but he says he does not mind, knowing ‘other people will jump in’ along the way.

‘You make some really great friendships,’ he said.

‘The fellowship is wonderful.’

Mr Barbaro said while the event was ‘a lot of fun’, it was the cause that made him continue participating.

‘It’s all about the kids,’ he said.

Participants have had to raise $8000 per car to be able to take part, which has kept Mr Barbaro busy in the lead-up to the event.

‘It’s been a challenge this year with the economy the way it is but I’ve got there,’ he said.

He has also been busy getting his Toyota Prado ready to ‘make sure it is up to standard’.

This year’s eight-day challenge through the Kimberley will include Derby, the Gibb River Road, Manning Gorge, Mitchell Plateau and Walsh Point before returning to Broome.

One of the major projects to be funded from this year’s event is a child assessment and intervention area at Rocky Bay to help children living with physical, sensory or intellectual disability.

Variety has pledged $200,000 towards construction and fit-out, which will benefit up to 300 young Rocky Bay clients each year.