LAKE Macquarie’s caped crusaders have tweaked their vehicle and boosted their stocks of gifts for kids in readiness for their second Variety NSW Bash on Sunday.
Drivers Yolanda Laruffa (Wonder Woman), Kylie McNaughton (Superwoman), Rod McNaughton (Superman), and Lil Rhodes (Batwoman) will set off in a 1976-model Holden HX – called CY-46 - from Nobbys Beach at about 8.45am.
They’ll join about 80 teams in a convoy of fun vehicles on a week-long 2600km adventure through regional NSW to raise money for Variety – the Children’s Charity.
“We have only had to fix a few things on the car,” Ms Rhodes said.
“We added a bar light so we can see better on the dirt roads, fixed and added two new headlights, attached a chain around the engine (in case of accidents), and repaired some windows.
“CY-46 has also had a new carbie and a good service, so it’s ready to fly just like Superman.”
Ms Rhodes said a swag of local businesses and residents continued to jump on board with sponsorship support.
They included IGA; Bay Hotel Motel, at Bonnells Bay; Griffin Painting; Morisset Bakehouse; Noraville Earthmovers; KV Shoes; Bristol Paints; and Centennial Coal.
“Hopefully, there will be a few more sponsors to come before we head off on Sunday,” Ms Rhodes said.
When combined with the money raised at a barbecue, and other fundraising activities, the team had raised more than $1800, she said.
The Super Hero team has also been inundated with donations of gifts to distribute to children in the schools the vehicles will visit on the bash.
“Work colleagues, complete strangers, and family and friends have been so kind to give us gifts to hand out to the kids,” she said.
“Hand-made pencil cases and library bags, spinners, textas, pencils, bubble wands, books, beanies, hand balls, hats, lollies and wrist bands are just some of the things we have bought and have been donated by people.
“Community spirit is alive and well and we hope many people can get to see the cars leave because so many of the Bashers get into a theme because its all for the kids.”
Among the themes adopted by Bash teams this year are Iron Man, the Incredible Hulk, the Flintstones, Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Scooby-Doo, the Beverly Hillbillies, Frozen, Mario Brothers, and Team Tonka.
“We really want to thank our sponsors and our community for following us and getting behind this great cause, Variety – the Children's Charity.”
The team has entered the Bash in memory of their former work colleague at Morisset Hospital, Cyril Buchanan, who passed away in 2014.
This year’s Variety NSW Bash will lead Bashers through towns including Glen Innes, Narrabri, Forbes, Griffith and Mudgee.
To make a donation, visit nswbash2018.everydayhero.com/au/cy46 or phone Ms Rhodes on 0418 254094.