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Variety Mini Bash visiting young patients

Variety Mini Bash visiting young patients

Middlemore Hospital’s paediatric wards are gearing up for a colourful visit from the cars and characters of the Variety Trillian Bash, a group of classic-car lovers who believe in having fun while doing good for others.

The ‘Bash’ raises money for Variety – The Children’s Charity, and the 18 participating teams pay a generous donation to take part, then organise colourful cars and costumes to entertain the kids they visit.

And among those kids for the annual three-day Mini Bash will be young patients at Kids First, at Middlemore Hospital.

The teams are already vying for the best gifts and goody bags, remembering that the children will vary in age, up to teenage years.

The hospital expects around 30 patients will be able to leave the ward to be entertained by the ‘Bashers’ – so-called from the original Bush Bashing event – while those with infectious conditions, or otherwise unable to leave their beds, will receive goodies delivered via Middlemore’s hard-working nursing team.

Bash director Murray O’Donnell says the three-day event has a heavy schedule of school visits, and will take a large group of underpriveleged children to Waiheke for a day they’ll never forget, thanks to Sealink and Ecozip.

“But sick kids miss out on fun like this. They can’t join in, so we take the fun to them. There’s nothing like seeing kids whose lives have taken a bit of a knock, forgetting their troubles for a while thanks to our volunteers in their costumes, and the celebrities that join in for the ride.”

Next day the Bashers will host kids from Pakuranga Health Camp and Recreate, which works with children with mild to moderate intellectual disability, on a day out to Waiheke thanks to Sealink and Ecozip.


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