Cottesloe couple take Bash through bush for 29th Variety drive

Don and Darinka Brooker's Life Savers-themed car Cottesloe, which they will be driving for this year's Variety Bash.
Don and Darinka Brooker's Life Savers-themed car Cottesloe, which they will be driving for this year's Variety Bash.

A COTTESLOE couple will be among a travelling pack taking the long route from Perth to Fremantle as part of the 29th Variety Bash.

Don Brooker, a Variety Australia board member, and wife Darinka will steer their Life Savers-themed 1974 Volvo T142 through the week-long adventure that happens in the heart of the WA outback.

“We’re taking part this year for the same reason we have done for the last 20 years; we’re long-time Variety people,” Mr Brooker said.

“We enjoy it all – raising funds for the kids, seeing them and meeting them and the fun of the adventure.”

In all, 22 cars and 91 participants will depart Elizabeth Quay on Sunday, August 20.

Variety WA chief executive Michael Pailthorpe said the children’s charity receives incredible support each year, with $22 million raised since the event’s first run in 1989.

The travelling carnival will visit multiple towns, schools and communities along the way, with a special stop planned at the Kalgoorlie Hospital where Variety funded a new playground.

The “Long Way Round” week will finish with a convoy through Fremantle and the annual Bash Ball at the Esplanade Hotel.

For information, visit www.variety.org.au/bash.