Our Impact – How You Helped

Variety Santa Fun Run

The Variety Santa Fun Run returned to Newcastle Foreshore, with hundreds of runners, walkers and rollers donning their Santa suits and braving the heat to raise funds for kids in need. It was a welcome return for this much-loved event, bringing the festive cheer to the Newcastle community.

Tulip Time

Variety was the Charity Partner for the annual Tulip Time Festival in Bowral. Funds were raised across the Festival to give kids in need a fair go, including the Optus Cinema night, and a special intimate evening of food, wine and music with legendary Australian singer-songwriter John Williamson at the iconic Bradman Museum.

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Variety of Chefs

The fifth annual Variety of Chefs was the most successful yet, raising over $130,000 for Hunter region kids who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs. The event moved to a new, larger venue to cater for demand, and included a ‘Dinner Under the Stars’ theme with celebrity chefs including Jason Roberts serving up a decadent 4-course meal.

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City of Sydney Christmas

Variety was again the charity partner for City of Sydney Christmas celebrations in 2018. With the support of our wonderful volunteers, Variety fundraised at events including the CBD celebrations and lighting of the tree in Martin Place, as well as village concerts around Sydney. The Variety Kids Choir entertained shoppers in Pitt St Mall, bringing festive cheer to the city centre.

Variety Brydens Lawyers B to B Bash

The Variety Bash celebrated its 35th year, with founder Dick Smith AC on hand to waive the official start flag. The 300 bashers in the Variety Brydens Lawyers B to B Bash set off from Bondi Beach, making the 4,300km journey north to Batt Reef, Port Douglas. Along the way the Bash visited 12 remote schools, donating over $70,000 worth of essential supplies and equipment to make sure the students get a fair go. The locals and tourists of Port Douglas came out in force to cheer the bashers across the finish line, and congratulate them raising an amazing $1.53m to help kids who are sick, disadvantaged or living with special needs.

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Variety NSW Bash

The Variety NSW Bash, sponsored by AHA, headed south for a 2,200km journey on dirt roads and through creek crossings to visit 10 schools throughout NSW and ACT. The 104 cars and 350 bashers granted more than $50,000 of much needed equipment to regional schools, including coding robots, playground equipment and literacy materials to help ensure kids, no matter where they live, don’t miss out. Over $1 Million was raised on this year’s event to give kids in need a fair go.

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Variety 4WD Adventure

The 2019 Variety 4WD Adventure raised over $240,000 to help give kids in need a fair go. 40 big-hearted 4WD crews kicked off from Merimbula on March 24, on a six-day journey through NSW and Victoria where they got to see first-hand the benefits of their fundraising, visiting small, isolated schools to make donations. All kids deserve the right to have access to the resources they need to overcome obstacles to reach their full potential. The donations made on the Variety 4WD Adventure ensured the kids at the schools in Tawonga, Bright and Myrtleford can get more out of their time at school.

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Variety Postie Bike Dash

It was a record year for the Variety Postie Bike Dash both in number of riders and the amount raised.  63 riders, including 35 first-timers spent six days traveling the gravel roads of country NSW. Along the way, the Dashers visited seven schools to see first-hand how their fundraising helps make a difference to Aussie kids, giving out more than $20,000 worth of sensory equipment and resources. Together, they created lifelong friendships and memories, and raised $169,000.

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Variety’s partnership with Woolworths reached a very important milestone this year, with a total of $10m fundraised through Woolworths stores since the partnership started in 2013. This important achievement means Variety has been able to help over 30,000 kids, their families and their communities by granting urgently needed medical and mobility equipment, educational programs, inclusive playspaces, and much more. Countless sausage sizzles, bake sales, bucket collections, token sales and fresh community fairs, all to help us support kids in need.

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G.J. Gardner Homes

The 4th G.J. Gardner Variety Freedom House went under the hammer this year, raising over $400,000 for kids who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs. This was the 2nd Freedom House led by the G.J. Gardner Shoalhaven team and Variety bashers, Sean and Nathan, who rallied the support of the Shoalhaven community to help build the glamorous 4-bedroom house in the Carrington Heights estate. More than 80 businesses and individuals generously gave their time, expertise, products, material and cash. With the significant amount raised from this auction, hundreds of children’s lives in the Shoalhaven region will be positively impacted.

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Brydens Lawyers

Brydens Lawyers continued their support of Variety this year as Naming Rights Sponsor of the B to B Bash, and have also confirmed their support of the 2020 event. Brydens also partnered with Variety to launch Variety Community Connects, a new series of family information events and resources providing free expert advice for families to secure their future.

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Vision for Life

The final Vision for Life Camera was launched at the Hawkesbury Hospital, generously funded by the Grahame Mapp Family Foundation. The Vision For Life Project was initiated by NETS and NSW Health with the support of Variety – the Children’s Charity to expand the pool of tele-medicine cameras already in place in Western AHS and HNE AHS (now Far West, Western NSW and HNE LHDs). The project introduced an additional 98 of the life-saving devices across NSW.

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Hair with Heart

Variety has received 28,320 hair donations since Hair with Heart began. This year 7,109 amazing people donated their hair, with 1,140 also choosing to fundraise in support of their chop. Hair with Heart raised $1.57m this year through the sale of the hair and the fundraising efforts of hair donors.

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Spin 4 Kids

The annual Variety Spin 4 Kids event took place at The Forum Newcastle University, with 30 teams taking part to raise over $42,000 for kids who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs. New corporate team “Air Locker Training” took out the ‘Kings of Spin’.

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New York City Marathon

A team of Variety supporters, including Variety NSW/ACT CEO David Sexton, ran all 42.2km of the TCS New York City Marathon. Together they fundraised over $78,000, helping to give more kids who are sick, disadvantaged or living with special needs a fair go. Thank you David, Justin, Erin, Jaqui, Adam and Kylie for your huge effort.

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Be a B’Day Legend

This year a new program launched inviting young people to ‘Become a B’day Legend’ by pledging their birthday to help stop bullying of kids living with a disability.  Funds raised from the program help give kids a fair go by supporting Variety Just Like You, a program delivered in NSW and ACT schools that educates kids and builds awareness of people with a disability. The aim is to stop bullying and celebrate people of all abilities.

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