Three times the size of England one of Australia’s hidden treasures is the Kimberley region with an immense and complex landscape that encompasses spectacular gorges, waterfalls and cave systems. Pockets of lush rainforest and an astonishing array of wildlife makes it one of the great wilderness areas of the world!
‘Crossing the Kimberley’ Variety 4WD Explorer held in October was a 10 day adventure with an emphasis on exploring roads less travelled. An exciting mapped course soaking in the scenery, meeting the locals and having plenty of fun is what Roger Webster of the Vanderfield Emerald branch and his wife Michelle enjoyed and participated in.
Busy fund raising for the event prior to leaving Roger and Michelle received a kick start from a John Deere D105 ride-on mower donated by Vanderfield. This was auctioned at t heEmerald Cotton Growers and Irrigators Ball. Keen bidding saw the mower go to Cowal Agricultural Holdings. Roger believes, “supporting the charity was an easy choice for us as it’s a great organisation to get behind. We like to support Variety as much as we can and ‘Crossing the Kimberley’ from Darwin to Broome is a wonderful way to do it”.
Variety-the Children’s Charity is a national not-for-profit organisation dedicated to empowering children who are sick, disadvantaged or who have special needs. They receive no direct government funding but support children from newborn babies to 18 years of age.
In 2013, 74% of their funds went towards a Future Program for education and learning, 21% to the Freedom Program which supports mobility, communications and experiences and 5% was directed to their Caring Program for health services.
Regional areas in Queensland receive a significant proportion of Variety funds where many remote towns are often overlooked yet where many sick children have the greatest need. The drive was a great success and Roger was please he didn’t have to call upon Kununurra or Katherine Vanderfield breakdown service for a hand.
For more information on Variety the Children’s Charity go to www.variety.org.au