Variety visits Avoca primary during adventure pit stop

Kitted out four wheel drives and their dressed up drivers rolled into Avoca last week and paid a special visit to Avoca Primary School students as part of the 2019 Variety 4WD Adventure. The adventure sees participants head off the beaten track, four wheel driving some 2500 kilometres in 10 days to raise funds for kids who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs, with one Avoca student receiving an iPad.

Participants of the 2019 Variety 4WD Adventure made a special stop in Avoca last week, talking to students about what Variety does and presented one student with an iPad.

Now in its 23rd year, the Variety 4WD Adventure is an annual event which sees entrants from across the state hit the road to raise much needed funds for kids who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs as they cover more than 2500 kilometres over 10 days.

Midway through the journey, dozens of kitted out 4×4 vehicles and their drivers made a pit stop at Avoca Primary School and played some games with eager students, with event operations manager Wayne Daisley explaining the route the volunteers take is planned so young people benefit along the way.

“Where we can we try and help a student out with their educational needs,” he said.

“There’s a year two student at Avoca Primary School who has muscular dystrophy and so to aid him in his further learning he received an iPad from Variety which will have extra learning software installed on it.

“When you see what some families go through raising their children, it’s always good to try and help them — we’re essentially trying to help kids be kids.”

The event has raised more than $1.3 million since it first started over two decades ago through volunteer fundraising and sponsorship, and Mr Daisley said it’s “an absolute highlight” seeing the look on kids’ faces when volunteers arrive in costume and get students involved in activities.

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