'Sub' sets off for Variety Bash

Published on MIDN Aaron Wischusen (author), ABIS Jake Badior (photographer)

Location(s): Garden Island, Sydney, NSW

The Royal Australian Navy entry for the 2014 New South Wales Variety Bash, a HR Holden wagon dressed as a submarine on the wharf at Fleet Base East with HMAS Sirius in the background. This year's crew for the 2014 NSW Variety Bash are (left to right) Lieutenant Commander Shane Tacon, Chief Petty Officer Marine Technician Electrical Brett Ross and Lieutenant Commander Graeme Wong. (photo: ABIS Jake Badior)
The Royal Australian Navy entry for the 2014 New South Wales Variety Bash, a HR Holden wagon dressed as a submarine on the wharf at Fleet Base East with HMAS Sirius in the background. This year's crew for the 2014 NSW Variety Bash are (left to right) Lieutenant Commander Shane Tacon, Chief Petty Officer Marine Technician Electrical Brett Ross and Lieutenant Commander Graeme Wong.

One half of the Royal Australian Navy’s entry to the 2014 New South Wales Variety Bash has departed Garden Island bound for Brisbane, the start of this year’s event.
 
The ‘Sub’ and her crew of three will participate in Australia’s largest charity motoring event over 10 days from 8 August to raise funds for children with special needs.
 
Navy's contingent organiser and Bash participant, Lieutenant Commander Graeme ‘Soozie’ Wong said this year’s event is distinctively different from previous years.
 
“Each year the bash, titled 'B2B', as the name suggests begins in a NSW location starting with B and finishes somewhere in Australia starting with a B” Lieutenant Commander Wong said.
 
“The difference this year is that for the first time the NSW Bash will start outside the state, commencing in Brisbane, Queensland.”
 
“From Brisbane we will spend 10 days driving as far north as Bundaberg, Queensland and as far south as Bonegilla, Victoria before ending at Bushby’s Bore, Sydney.”
 
The 'Sub' will be joined by a second Navy entrant, the 'tall ship' and her crew of four in the Queensland capital.
 
“Over the years we have had a number of different vehicles entered, all of which have been created, fundraised and manned by members of the RAN.”  Lieutenant Commander Wong said
 
“More than $400,000 has been raised by Navy teams for Variety over the past 11 years, which goes towards empowering Australian children who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs.”
 
The 2014 NSW Variety Bash will start at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane on the 8 August finishing at Bushby’s Bore, Sydney on 17 August.
 
Founded in 1927, Variety is an international charity that raises funds to support children who are sick or disadvantaged. Variety Australia, alone, delivers over $1 million in equipment grants per month to assist children in need.
 
All funds raised in Australia through the Variety Bash are used to help Australian children.

Imagery is available on the Navy Image Library at http://images.navy.gov.au/S20142304.