Ron Barton

Individual FTH Award (2019)


Ron Barton first became involved with Variety in 2003 when he joined the Variety Bash with Barry Ion.

In 2008 he established and chaired the “Kick In 4 Kids” Radiothon raising an incredible $120,000 in its first year.

In 2009 the Kick In 4 Kids continued to grow, moving away from a Radiothon format to an Adventure form of fundraising.

Sponsored by the SA Tourism Commission, the Variety Kick In 4 Kids Trek was born, and later became the Variety Adventure TV Trek. It was hugely successful raising over $750,000 in its 5 years.

His Company continues to be a Sponsor of the Variety Radiothon, is also a Variety Business Partner, and is a Gold Sponsor of the Variety Moto Run.

He organised major Golf Days from 2012 – 2014 raising even more money for Variety.

His Company was the major Sponsor of the 2009 Variety Melbourne Cup Luncheon.

He has participated in:

  • 15 x Bashes (7 as an entrant & 8 as an Official)
  • 12 x 4WD Events
  • 11 x Variety Moto Runs

He has been a Variety Board Member since 2008 and was Chair of the Board from 2013 – 2015

In 2015 he won a Variety International Presidential Citation Award, a prestigious award which recognises extraordinary service to Variety.

In 2019 he took on the role as Chair of the Variety Motor Run Event.