BONNYRIGG TO BRAITLING | Bashers hope for fairytale ending

Bashers: Lia and George Gioulis will be driving the Brydens Lawyers car in this years Variety Bash. Picture: Simon Bennett
Bashers: Lia and George Gioulis will be driving the Brydens Lawyers car in this years Variety Bash. Picture: Simon Bennett

It may be unlucky for some, but George Gioulis is hoping his 13th time competing in the iconic Aussie Variety B to B Bash has a fairytale ending.

Together with wife Lia who will be dressed as Snow White to entertain the kids along the way, the Bashers will leave Bonnyrigg Plaza on Sunday on the 4,400 kilometre journey to Braitling in Alice Springs.

The pair will be driving their Brydens Lawyers sponsored 1976 Mercedes-Benz for the 10-day adventure which winds through through Wyalong, Broken Hill, Leigh Creek, William Creek, Coober Pedy, Oodnadatta and Uluru.

The colourful cavalcade of pre-1988 cars is to help give Aussie kids a fair go with the Variety Bash, sponsored by Brydens Lawyers, to grant ten donations to schools along the way which total more than $70,000 worth of equipment and resources. 

Mr Gioulis, who used to dress as a Spartan for the race, is aiming to raise $100,000 for this year’s event to take his overall fundraising tally to close to half a million dollars.

“We believe in the cause,” Mr Gioulis said of his reason for taking part. 

“The Bash attracts a bit of fun, people who love cars and the outback. The Bash becomes a family and you meet up with old mates and see parts of Australia you wouldn’t normally see while giving back to a great charity. We will keep bashing as long as we can.

“I have been all across Australia and to hundreds of little towns but this year I am looking forward to seeing Uluru. It will be special.”

The 100 “Bash” cars will convene in the top section of the south carpark at Bonnyrigg Plaza on Sunday and depart at 8.30am. There will be some carpark changes during the event which finishes at 10am.

Bonnyrigg Public School will be running a sausage sizzle breakfast.

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