90k Variety boost

VARIETY: Entrants Sascha Meldrum, Nicole Hack, Sondra McKinley and Alex Gallard with Variety's Peter de Cure and Kimba Area School deputy principal Ryan Hanan.
VARIETY: Entrants Sascha Meldrum, Nicole Hack, Sondra McKinley and Alex Gallard with Variety's Peter de Cure and Kimba Area School deputy principal Ryan Hanan.

The 2018 Variety Bash made a lot of noise as it made its way into the town of Kimba on Friday evening, but it got even louder when the students and parents of the Kimba Area School celebrated a $90,000 Variety Club donation.

Variety Club donated $90,000 to the school for an all abilities playground that the school has been fundraising for.

Kimba Area School raised $30,000 for the new playground before applying for a donation from Variety.

Kimba Area School deputy principal Ryan Hanan was present at Variety Club’s donation announcement, along with a large group of students and parents.

“We are absolutely over the moon. A really big thanks to Variety for this,” Mr Hanan said.

“This means that all of our students will have the ability to play and be with their mates at school.”

Mr Hanan said the school was hoping to have the all abilities playground finished and ready for the students within the year, or even in six months.

Variety board and appeal committee member Peter de Cure said Variety Club donated $3.2 million a year to various causes.

“The all abilities playground will be a great asset to the Kimba Area School,” Mr de Cure said.

“The playground will be wheel chair accessible and will last 20 years into the future.”

He said the school made an appeal for a really good cause.

“We try to help as many disadvantaged kids as possible, whether it be physically, or otherwise,” Mr de Cure said.

“Kids already have a few disadvantages just by living out here because of how far away they live from Adelaide.”

The 65 2018 Variety Bash entrant cars made their final overnight pit stop in Kimba on Friday night, with over 300 people spending the night at Corey Enright Oval.

The entrants and support personnel enjoyed dinner and breakfast hosted by the Kimba Districts Football and Netball Club and the Kimba Area School Parents and Friends Committee.

The Bash continued to make its way through the Kimba and Cleve districts before finishing at Port Lincoln on Saturday afternoon.