Page 10 - Chermside Guide July Issue
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CStory Alyssa Mackay Photo John Pires
hristmas is coming early this year and Santa’s team of elves are working hard for a good cause.
As part of Variety Bash Queensland, local fundraising team Bashcar 50/50 is hosting a Christmas in July dinner to raise money for Variety - the Children’s Charity. The event will be held at Verrano in Stafford Heights and will include a mouth-watering two-course meal with all the fun and festivity you’d expect from a Christmas feast.
Bashcar 50/50 team leader Mal Johnson said they were running the event to raise money for kids who were sick, disadvantaged or had a disability.
“To go into the Bash, you’ve got to raise money for Variety,” Mal said. “We spend the year raising our money and that goes straight to the charity. Then at the end we have a reward running through the outback and playing in these old cars.”
Each team that enters the Variety Bash commits to raising $8,500 to help kids in need, but usually raise much more. Team member Lydia Dawson said they raised $13,000 last year.
“We are always thinking of fun ways to fundraise,” Lydia said. “We try to get as much money as we can.”
At the end of August, Mal, Lydia and the team will head out in a Volkswagen Combi on a 10-day trip from Winton to Yeppoon and meet some of the families they’ve raised funds for.
“Sometimes, when we give families something like a computer, a push bike or a saddle, everyone has been reduced to tears,” Mal said. “We get a big thrill out of seeing these kids get something that will help them.
“You don’t realise how hard it is for some people, but they’re always so happy and positive,” Lydia said. “I feel lucky to be able to be a part of it all.”
It wouldn’t be a Variety Bash without wacky costumes, which is why the Christmas dinner will also feature a hilarious visit from Santa. Guests are invited to deck the halls by wearing plenty of tinsel, ugly Christmas sweaters, and colourful outfits, because there’s also a prize on the night for best dressed.
Tickets are $65 and can be booked online at by searching Variety Christmas in July Dinner.
If you can’t make it to the dinner, donate to Mal’s team at: team-5050
Christmas in July Dinner
Saturday, 31 July, 6.30pm-10.30pm Verrano
69A Wilgarning Street, Stafford Heights
 Bashcar 50/50 members Mike Phillips and Mal Johnson.

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