On August 7, musician Paul “Richo” Richardson and his good mate Johnny “K” Krsulja will set out on their first ever Variety Bash and they are doing it to give kids in need a fair go!

Inspired by the work of Variety – the Children’s Charity NSW/ACT, Paul and Johnny wanted to support them by raising money as part of their participation in the Variety Bash. 

“We’ll be travelling in a 1976 HJ Holden Kingswood, our car number is 234, named after the postcode of Nundle and Tamworth and our car name is The DAGs because that’s who we are.”

So, what’s involved in the Variety Bash 2022?

“The Variety Brydens Lawyers B to B Bash is not a race or a rally,” explains Paul, “it’s a drive in the Outback with over 300 new mates, with the original Aussie motoring event taking Bashers all around this beautiful country. 

“We’ll be exploring dirt roads, bush tracks and visiting parts of Australia most people never get to see.”

The 2022 Bungarribbee to Bakers Creek Bash will set off from Sydney Zoo before heading north on a 10-day adventure, travelling 4,465kms on dusty roads to Bakers Creek Queensland.

“Along the way The Bash will visit 14 schools, donating essential supplies and equipment to make sure the students get a fair go,” shares Paul.

“After Bakers Creek we will join the Mini-Bash from Mackay down to Broadwater via Emerald and Miles.”

The Maleny Fundraiser

“We are holding a concert on July 9 at the Maleny RSL to essentially raise funds for the running of Car 234 for this Bash!” Paul says with a big smile.

“We have now raised our entry money from corporate sponsors, including the Barbers of Maleny, Blitz Glass and a number of Tamworth businesses.

“All of our food, accommodation and running expenses come out of our own pockets and with the cost of fuel, in particular, we’re hoping to raise a few dollars to help us by having the fundraising concert. 

“As we’re musicians, this is the way we normally make a few extra dollars, so why not put it to good use in a positive way?”

Playing on the night will be John Krsulja, a Golden Guitar winner and accomplished singer songwriter, and Kelly Cork, one of Australia’s finest singer songwriters (who features on pages 4/5 of this HT), who shies away from accolades, but is undoubtedly our best known local legend! 

“It’s set to be a great night!” enthuses Paul. “My band, The Home Grown Killers, and I are looking forward to finishing off the evening’s entertainment, and we’ll be having a Monster Raffle on the night with all kinds of wonderful prizes on offer, many of them kindly donated by local Maleny businesses.

“The RSL have always been so wonderful supporting our musical events, so it’s the perfect venue for us to bring everyone together for an evening of music and fun.”

Tickets are $30, children are welcome, and doors open 6pm for a 6.30pm show, Maleny RSL, 1 Bunya Street, Maleny. The bar will be open, and food available – please bring cash for the Monster Raffle. 

To reserve tickets, contact Paul on 0412 698595. 

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