Retirees rev up for a good cause

Anyone travelling through the Kimberly in early August may have noticed something unusual passing by. Two residents from Lend Lease’s Parkland Villas Ellenbrook in Western Australia dressed up as witches from the hit musical Wicked and cruised the region in a 1970s bright green Kingswood!

Thankfully, this wild idea was all in the name of a good cause – retirees Ruth McInnes and Pat Gardhouse were raising funds for sick children as part of this year’s Variety Bash.

68-year-old Ruth and 74-year-old Pat raised $8,000 by participating in the event, thanks in part to sponsorship from Lend Lease.  

“The Bash was about having a good time and seeing some of the remote parts of the state, while also providing some much-needed help to WA’s sick, disadvantaged and special needs children,” Ruth said.

“It’s a great concept – along the way ‘bashers’ dress-up and present much-needed grants of recreational and educational equipment to individuals and regional community groups, as well as small gifts to children.”

The 2,400km journey kicked off from Port Headland on August 5 and finished in Kununurra on August 13. Ruth and Pat had to organise a number of events to raise the funds required to take part in the Bash, a number of which were held at the Parkland Villas Ellenbrook Clubhouse.

“We’re thrilled with the support we received from Lend Lease – it certainly helped us get on the road,” Ruth said.

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