Navy life brings Variety

This article has photo gallery Published on LEUT Todd Fitzgerald (author), POIS Phil Cullinan (photographer)

Location(s): Sydney, NSW

(l-r) Lieutenant Commander Graeme Wong, Kade Mosig,  Matt Moss, Jake Moss, Troy Carroll and Warrant Officer Electronics Technician Brian Pool at the Kawasaki launch in Seven Hills with the Navy's Variety Bash car.  (photo: POIS Phil Cullinan)
(l-r) Lieutenant Commander Graeme Wong, Kade Mosig, Matt Moss, Jake Moss, Troy Carroll and Warrant Officer Electronics Technician Brian Pool at the Kawasaki launch in Seven Hills with the Navy's Variety Bash car.

In-service volunteers are being sought to join the Royal Australian Navy team for the 2016 Variety Bash, a 10-day drive through the outback to raise money for kids in need.

Lieutenant Commander Graeme Wong said the event was an opportunity for junior officers and sailors to extend their service to the community.

“Participating in the bash brings so many benefits, both professionally and personally,” he said. 

“It also allows people living in regional Australia to see a little bit of the Navy even though they may not live near a base or the ocean.”

Navy has participated in the Variety Bash since 2003 and raised more than $500,000 for the charity. 

Lieutenant Commander Wong and Warrant Officer Brian Poole will drive a 1966 Holden HR ‘submarine’ in this year’s bash. 

“It is a great feeling driving through towns and even the open road, and being greeted with smiles and waves when people recognise that a ‘submarine’ is travelling past them,” Lieutenant Commander Wong said. 

The 2016 Variety B to B Bash starts on 21 August and travels 4,000 kilometres from Berowra, New South Wales, to Bowen in Queensland. 

'Bashers' as they are known, visit rural towns and schools along the way to see the efforts of their fundraising.

Numerous themed dress-up days are held and, last year, Navy won the 'Bash Idol', a light-hearted talent quest. 

Volunteers must have supervisor approval and will have to pay for their own food and accommodation, and contribute to fuel costs.

The Variety Bash is Australia's largest motoring event. 

All funds raised through the Variety Bash are used to help Australian children.