Cleve Lions Club welcomed Sandra Lukin from The Runaway Brides to its recent Lions Dinner to speak about her 10 years with the Variety Bash
After her first trip with the Variety Bash, she was hooked. She bought her first car on eBay, had her husband fix it up for her and with three friends took off on her first bash, which lasted a week.
They thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
Mrs Lukin calls her car, which fits the a pre-1980 model requirement, MLC – short for Mid Life Crisis.
Fundraising is done before the trip starts with sponsorship being the main one.
There is a manager who organises the whole trip, with route planning and safety being the most important issues.
Trucks carry extra equipment, with mobile workshops, medical staff and two planes flying around to keep a check on everyone.
Entrants need to be able to carry enough fuel for 450 kilometres, most of their own needs and have Ultra High Frequency radios and other safety equipment.
Entrants and cars are dressed in a theme and stay like that for the week – one participant was a bear and stayed in character for the whole time, responding with grunts!
Mrs Lukin and her crew, which varied for trips, raised varying amounts, the highest being $133,510 in 2016.
The bash is the largest fundraiser in the state and money is passed on the sick, disadvantaged and disabled, with some on Eyre Peninsula benefiting.
The Lions Club donated fines and raffle money to the cause, giving $178 to Mrs Lukin.