NSW Variety Presents Sunshine Coach to Bourke and District Children’s Services

Giving is what the Variety Bash is all about, and what better way to celebrate that on the 30th year anniversary then presenting a Variety Sunshine Coach to Bourke and District Children’s Services.

The preschool cares for 85 children, most of which do not have family vehicles. Barry, the school’s bus driver, was making two or three round trips daily to take the kids to and from pre-school but the old bus finally had to be retired. Variety and the Shirley Ward Foundation are very pleased to donate the gift of mobility to this great service so they can continue their work with these beautiful children.

In my volunteer role as a Grants Committee Member specialising in Sunshine Coaches this organisation was my responsibility. It was a very proud moment to see this coach presented and the children it serves.

2014 Bourke Sunshine Coach Presentation

2014 Alexandra Ritchi Bourke

Sarah’s Life Changed with a Wig!

Sarah enjoying a normal life

At two years old, Sarah and her family began noticing patches of Sarah’s hair falling out and she was diagnosed with a mild form of alopecia. While doctors believed that it would clear up as she got older, in the subsequent years, the hair loss worsened and by the age of seven, she had severe alopecia acreata, a condition where individuals can lose their hair permanently, for which there is currently no known cure.

The impact on all aspects of Sarah’s life was devastating as her mother, Kendra, explains, “When she turned seven she had lost almost all her hair and she was forced to wear a hat permanently. This severely affected her self-confidence and as a result she became very withdrawn; she was reluctant to attend events like school carnivals and wouldn’t engage with her friends. It wasn’t she received a special suction wig when she started high school, with the help of the Variety that Sarah began to get her life back. The wig, with its special suction mechanism allowed Sarah to go swimming and play sports and feel like a young girl should.”

“The wig has just completely changed her life” said Kendra.

Pink Pigs Featured at Wharfies Lunch June 29

Each year the restaurants along Woolloomooloo Wharf collaborate for a end of financial year fund raiser called “Wharfies”.  It is a glamour day of fun and food and $85,000 was raised for Variety.

Here is an article featured in the newspaper for the day:

Profile of a Pink Pig Volunteer



NSW Variety Tent 56 Wins International Sunshine Coach Award

Weilmoringle Sunshine Coach Presentation Oct 2010

Variety the Children’s Charity International Sunshine Coach Program continues to get the kids out into the sunshine with a total of 159 Sunshine Coaches presented around the world in 2010.

Tents are asked to provide the number of seats in each coach as well as the number of coach’s presented. The reason for this; different regions have different size coaches, ranging from 6 seat Sunshine Coaches to 29 seat Sunshine Coaches. When we collate the number of seats made available in the 159 Sunshine Coaches presented in 2010 it tells a powerful story about the work of Variety around the world

• 2335 new Variety Sunshine Coaches seats were made available every day (through the 159 Sunshine Coaches presented in 2010 alone) to provide sunshine to the lives of Special Needs Children

• If each of the 2010 presented Sunshine Coaches are used 5 times a week the number of seats available each week is 11675 .

• If we multiply the number of seats available each week over the period of one year it shows that 607,100 seats were made available for kids to travel in through these 159 SS Coaches

Weilmoringle Sunshine Coach

We continue to use a spread sheet to decide the 3 equal winners of the VI Sunshine Coach Awards from information from the VI Tent Reports. This formula introduced 3 years ago provides a transparent opportunity for all the Tents who are part of the Sunshine Coach Programme to be eligible for an award and is not based on numbers alone.

• Category #1. Largest growth in number of Coaches presented in current year.

• Category #2. Greatest number of Coaches presented in the past 4 years.

• Category #3. The Tent that demonstrates the most significant commitment to the programme taking into account the size and operational challenges of the Tent.

The following 15 Variety Tents have presented Sunshine Coaches during 2010.

• Tent 4 St Louis. 1 SS Coaches total 12 seats

• Tent 7 Buffalo & Western New York. 1 SS Coach total 15 seats

• Tent 15 Iowa. 10 SS Coaches total 106 seats

• Tent 17 Texas. 1 SS Coach total 18 seats

• Tent 36 Great Britain. 101 SS Coaches total 1414 seats

• Tent 39 Southern Nevada 1 SS Coach total 12 seats

• Tent 47 British Columbia. 4 SS Coaches total 69 seats

• Tent 52 Jersey 2 SS Coach total 32 seats

• Tent 56 New South Wales. 11 SS Coaches total 247 seats   (That’s US)

• Tent 68 New Zealand. 1 SS Coaches total 12 seats

• Tent74 Western Australia. 6 SS Coaches total 112 seats

• Tent 75 South Australia. 11 SS Coaches total 180 seats

• Tent 76 Queensland. 3 SS Coaches total 36 seats

• Tent 77 Victoria. 3 SS Coaches total 36 seats

• Tent 82 Tasmania 3 SS Coach total 32 seats

A total of $7,141,199.40 was invested internationally by the 15 Tents in the 2010 Sunshine Coach Program. Congratulations are in order to all Tents who have provided Sunshine Coaches for their special needs kids.

A special mention to Tent 52 Jersey who almost won the Category #3 Award A Huge Congratulations to Tent 36 who this year presented their 5000th Sunshine Coach as part of their 101 presented Sunshine Coaches for the year

The 3 Variety International Sunshine Coach Award Recipients for 2010

• Category #1 Tent 56 New South Wales

• Category #2 Tent 15 Iowa

• Category #3 Tent 82 Northern Territory

Please note these are equal awards not 1st 2nd 3rd

Jack Cannons AM Chairman Variety International Sunshine Coaches

NB: Tents are the Variety organisational area term for geographical areas.  It has it’s history in the entertainment/circus industry.

Camden Show – April 9

The 3 Little Pigs were at the Camden Agricultural Show on Saturday, April 9 along with five other Variety Bash cars – Car 134 Hogs Breath, K9 – UK TV, the Flintstones, the Firies and Car 999a Heaven on Wheels. 

We showed the cars in the Vintage and Antique Show area and gave out lots of goodies courtesy of BBC/UK TV and the K9.  Thanks guys – lovely pink bags that contained hats, crayons, colouring book, t shirts, a jigsaw, plus some stickers and postcards from Little Pigs and Heaven on Wheels.

At 4.00 pm we particpated in the Grand Parade and the show was officially opened by Governor General Quentin Bryce.  I didn’t get to see her, but she was there!

A great day was had by all!

Camden Show April 9 - Ian Banks, Sallymae Bailey and K9 car

Camden Show April 9 - Sallymae Bailey, John Mobbs, Karen Griffiths

Camden Show Car 333 April 9 - Sallymae Bailey and new 'hog' Hamlet

Camden Show April 9 Car 333 and K9