Colourful costumes and unique cars were on display as the Variety Victoria Bash 2019 rolled into Whyalla to make a special donation to the Whyalla Special Education Centre (WSEC).
The donation of $3000 worth of iPads to the WSEC was announced during breakfast at the Central Whyalla Football Clubrooms, with teacher Scott Dreschler and student Samantha on hand to accept the generous gift.
It was a special moment for Susan and Les Burgess, a local couple that have been participating in the Bash with their Variety Bash Car 86.
A total of almost 100 'Bash Cars' and 345 entrants are traveling from from Melbourne, Victoria to Geraldton, Western Australia to raise funds for Variety - the Children's Charity.
Variety Victoria Kid Support Manager Andrea Gilchrist said the iPads would be used to support students who have communication challenges.
"They have special apps put on them such as Words for Life and Proloquo2Go which help them communicate messages such as 'I'm tired' to their parents or teachers," she said.
"Whyalla Special Education Centre have less than 60 students so their fundraising opportunities are fairly limited. To be able to grant them these iPads frees up some money that they can then use for something else."
Funding for the iPads was raised through the Bash, which is expected to raise over $1 million that will be distributed to children in need.
"There's been lots of kids coming out to their school fences to say hello, we've been handing out toys and gifts to them," Ms Gilchrist said.
"A lot of people on the backroads have been coming out to the driveways of their farms and waving everyone past. The vibe you get is really good, everyone's excited to see us come through."
Mr Dreschler said integrating technology into the school's curriculum has positive benefits for students' learning.
"This donation is a massive boost for us," he said.
"There's a whole bunch of educational apps we can put on the iPads. Variety has helped us out over the past few years, it's nice to see the community band together to support a small country town."