2015 Variety 4WD Challenge raises $435,000 for children in need
23-Mar-2015 5:39 PM
The 2015 4WD Challenge which finished in Port Lincoln on Friday 20 March has raised a staggering $435,000 for South Australian children who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs. Of this amount $62,755 was raised at a single auction held on the fifth night, this is a record breaking figure for Variety SA, no other event including the iconic Variety Bash has raised as much money from one auction.
Unique auction items included one off jewellery pieces, getaways, fishing trips and boat cruises. This is an impressive and generous amount of money donated from the 100 entrants.
Mr Walker says he is incredible proud of the funds raised.
“This is a brilliant outcome and is going to help thousands of children in need, I am so thankful to all of our entrants and to Variety for working so tirelessly to create such a great event for a brilliant cause,” he said.
The 4WD took place on the 14 – 20 March with 100 entrants and 50 4WD vehicles.
Starting in Rawnsley Park in the Flinders Ranges and finishing in Port Lincoln the entrants experienced some of our states most pristine countryside.
Variety SA CEO Mark McGill says this event would not be possible without the hard work and dedication of the entrants and officials.
“The 4WD Challenge is a unique event, this year we took in the best of the Flinders Ranges, Port Lincoln and surrounds and we are so thankful to all of our entrants and sponsors, the outcome from the auction is phenomenal, we will now be able to assist even more South Australian children in need,” he said.
Along the way the entrants presented three grants to local communities who will benefit from the money raised. While in Cowell Mr Walker presented an $80,000 grant to the community to help fund a skate park, the park will provide a safe and healthy activity for local children.
Since its inception in 1995, the Variety SA 4WD Challenge has raised in excess of over $5.5 million (net) for disadvantaged children.