Southern Brisbane Nerf Club

Friday, 26 July 2013

Time To Get Serious

Hello Internerf. I try to make my posts funny, witty yet informative and sometimes I get it right. But now I want to speak seriously...

Some of you reading this will probably not heard of Variety: The Children's Charity. Variety work tirelessly to improve the quality of life for sick and disadvantaged kids.

Variety began in Pittsburgh, USA where a group of theatre owners and performers would have a few card games after performances and called themselves the "Variety Club". One night (Christmas Eve 1927) the club members found a baby girl with a note attached to her clothes reading:

"Please take care of my baby. Her name is Catherine. I can no longer take care of her. I have eight others. My husband is out of work. She was born on Thanksgiving Day. I have always heard of the goodness of showbusiness people and pray to God that you will look after her. Signed, a heartbroken mother."

(need a tissue? Because I do)

Police failed to find the little girl's mother but the baby already captured the hearts of the theatre owners. They named the baby girl Catherine Variety Sheridan. The theatre owners went out to raise funds to buy items needed for the little Catherine but there was a problem. They were too successful. So they increased their efforts and decided to help support local orphanages. They had a rule, they wouldn't donate money, only goods and services. A rule that remains to this day, since 1928, one year before the great depression.


Eventually Variety grew and now has 80 branches in 14 countries around the globe raising more than AUD2'000'000'000 to aide kids in need.

But what about little Catherine? Well, when she was 5 she was adopted by a carefully selected family that loved her very much. More than 300 families applied for adoption of little "Joan", her name was changed to ensure she lived as normal a life as possible. Joan served the USA as a nurse in Korea and Vietnam paying particular attention to children. She remained anonymous until 1980 when, at the request of Variety International, she attended the Variety Convention in Los Angeles with her husband and three children. She died in 1994 but her story will always be a constant reminder of the wonderful things that can be achieved when people care.

Variety-the Children’s Charity is a national not-for-profit organisation committed to empowering Australian children who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs to live, laugh & learn. By giving practical equipment, programs & experiences, Variety helps children in need to overcome whatever obstacles they face & live life to the fullest.

Variety assists those who often fall through the cracks, unable to receive Government funding or other aid.

Technology has provided miracles for hearing, sight and speech impaired children – but technology comes at a price – and often this is more than the average family or organisation can possibly afford.

Variety’s role is crucial in providing equipment, medical assistance, and supporting children in educational, sporting, or artistic endeavours and experiences.

Variety’s mission is for children to attain their full potential regardless of ability or background and to empower them to live, laugh and learn. Variety’s work allows children to gain mobility and freedom, to get out and about in the community, be able to communicate, achieve independence and increase self-esteem, and where possible the assistance to help them be integrated into mainstream school and activities.

Over 30,000 children and their families are directly impacted by Variety each year, through our appeals programs, our Children’s Christmas parties and variety@work. Thousands more travel on Sunshine Coaches every day and tens of thousands are treated in hospitals supported by Variety.

To date, Variety has helped put 1,236 Sunshine Coaches on the road, transporting children from special schools and other organisation to their daily activities and other special life experiences. We, however, receive more requests for sunshine coaches than we can provide.

Regional and disadvantaged schools rely on Variety to provide learning equipment and other necessary play equipment.

Variety receives thousands of requests each year for mobility equipment such as electric wheelchairs, vehicle modifications, specialised strollers/prams and more.

But what does this have to do with Nerf???

Each year in Australia, there is a Variety Bash. A rally covering thousands of kilometers between two points. There is no prize for first place. You compete for fun and to bring some light to a poor kids life. There are rules for the Bash as well, such as:
- cars must be at least 30 years old and mechanically sound
- no "go fast" modifications, suspension upgrades, rollcages etc are permitted
- vehicle must be two wheel drive
- cosmetic modifications are allowed


There are more but this post is getting long.

There are numerous Variety Bashes held around Australia each year and this year one of the entrants in the New South Wales bash is the Nerf Car, number 18.


The driver Adam Wilson, and his crew Dylan Marly and Ken Falconer, are going to be raising much need funds for disadvantaged kids while blasting them with Centurions, Rapidstrikes and a Revonixeses (what's plural for Revonix?). The car is a 1965 XP Ford Falcon, I call it the Nerfalcon.

I humbly ask you to assist me in helping them by making a donation HERE and by liking them on their Facebook page. All the money raised goes to kids in need, as a father of two, I can't think of a better cause than that.

~ Rob

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