Coates Hire: Proud to Support the Annual NSW Variety Bash
17 October 2012
On October 10 1927, a group of eleven men involved in show business, set up a social group which they called the “Variety Club”. On Christmas Eve 1928, a small baby was left on the steps of a film theatre with a note starting with the line “Please take care of my baby”.
The small baby was taken under the care of the Variety Club and so began the life-long destiny of a global children’s charity. Today, the Variety Club is dedicated to helping thousands of children who are sick, disadvantaged or who have special needs so that they can ‘live, laugh and learn’.
The NSW Variety Bash is just one of many events Variety Australia organises across the nation, with similar ‘Bashes’ held in every state. Last month, the NSW Variety Bash, known as the Balmain to Bamaga Bash, celebrated its 25th anniversary and raised over $1.8 million in impressive fashion.
Departing from Balmain in Sydney, an entourage of 103 wonderful and outright weird vehicles made the 4,202km trek. Stopping in various locations, the Bashers visited outback landmarks and assisted local communities along their journey. The convoy covered some of NSW’s most remote regions including Merriwa and Mungindi and some of Queensland’s iconic outback towns such as Bamaga.
The convoy also passed many Coates Hire branches located in rural communities and in key mining towns such as Roma, Emerald and Charters Towers.
Coates Hire is proud to have supported the event by providing an official support vehicle and Nepean NightOwl® Barrel light tower to driver Reg Varley. Reg, who in his day job works as a product manager for Nepean Transport is a Bash veteran who has been doing the ride since 1987.
Donned in vivid Coates Hire livery, the Ford Ranger supplied definitely stood out as a ‘modern’ vehicle in a fleet of Bashers who all rode in pre 1974 vehicles as is a condition of entry.
The support vehicle also travelled with the ‘Variety Club’ inflatable arch. The arch was set up at the end of each day as the checkpoint and departure point for the following day.
The Barrel lighting tower helped guide contestants to checkpoint areas at night and provided visibility for local residents and news and radio representatives who welcomed the Bashers in their localities.
The lighting tower supplied is actually the first ‘barrel light tower’ in the Coates Hire fleet and features all the benefits of a balloon light tower where a low-glare 360° light source is required whilst being immune to balloon light replacement and maintenance costs.