Joseph Burgess receives wheelchair accessible vehicle

GIFT: Darren Spangenberg of Les Brazier Vehicles, Joseph Burgess and Susan Burgess.
GIFT: Darren Spangenberg of Les Brazier Vehicles, Joseph Burgess and Susan Burgess.

The 28th Annual SA Variety Bash is putting the ‘fun’ in fundraising.

Part of this fun was donating a wheelchair accessible vehicle worth around $50,624 to Whyalla 10-year-old Joseph Burgess.

...We cannot thank Variety and the wonderful heroes who work so hard to fundraise money for our kids enough”.

Mother of Joseph, Susan Burgess

He received the car on August 12 when the Bash stopped in Port Augusta.

The car was developed by Les Brazier Special Vehicles.

Joseph lives with lives with schizencephally, cerebral palsy and seizures and relies on a manual wheelchair for his mobility.

Mother Susan Burgess said the vehicle has changed their lives.

‘’When I saw the car I cried. It was just perfect. Now it takes one person to get Joseph in the car. There is no backbreaking lifting involved and you know the most important thing, Joseph just loves it,” she said.

“He gets so excited when he knows he is going for a car ride because he can sit in a comfortable chair and he can see out the windows and watch the world go past,’’ said Susan.

“You (Variety) have truly all made our world a better place and a young boy very happy. And when he’s happy, we, as his family are happy,’’ she said.

Variety Bash Chairman Brenton Ramsey says Variety SA is able to give back due the hard work of the Bash entrants.

“They fundraise all year round and this eight-day event is their reward,’’ says Brenton.

‘’We are pleased to be able to give back to local communities.”

The 2016 event ran from August 6–13, departing from Tasman Terrace in Port Lincoln, travelling North through Coffin Bay, Smoky Bay to Billa Kalina and down through Woomera into Port Augusta.

Entrants left for Crystal Brook on Saturday August 13 on to the finish line of Ennis Park, Clare.

So far, the SA Variety Bash has raised over $34 million (net) since its inception for children who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs.

The 2016 Bash raised a record breaking $2.64 million (net) and presented more than $500,000 worth of grants to regional SA along the way.

For more information on the Bash’s history visit www.varietysa.org.au.