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    KIDS FOR KIDS: Participants in a Variety Brats Bash tour of western Victoria gather in their team colours at Warracknabeal as part of their seven-day, 1500-kilometre trip to raise money for families and children. Picture: RACHEL DECKERT

Variety ‘brats’ on Wimmera-Mallee tour

Participants in a ‘kids helping kids’ version of the Variety Bash charity has been making its way through the Wimmera-Mallee to raise money for families and children.

The Variety Brats Bash, featuring 18 colourful teams and officials, left Melbourne last week for a seven-day Magical Mystery Tour, stopping at places as such as J Ward Museum in Ararat, Lake Fyans Caravan Park near Stawell and Warrackanbeal’s Lions Club Flora and Fauna Park.

The bash, also designed to provide participating families with travelling experiences, finished in Bendigo this week after covering 1500 kilometres by going ‘the long way ’round’.

The journey, apart from raising money, involved various activities.

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Like all Variety events, the Brats Bash raised money for children who are sick, disadvantaged or have additional needs in Victoria.

Variety chief executive Mandy Burns said Variety Brats Bash participants every year encouraged younger generations to experience the joy of giving

“It’s fantastic to be able to create fun opportunities for young people and their families to work together to make a difference to other kids in need,” she said.

“The Brats Bash is the culmination of their fundraising efforts and will make wonderful memories at the same time.

“We are so proud of our Variety Brats and can’t wait to see their fundraising dollars put to work.”

Wimmera teams regularly take part in Variety events such as the Variety Bash.


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