Red Dog fines tin a fine cash splash for Variety Bash

Tom ZaunmayrPilbara News
VideoKirsten Boardman and Jodie Skehan are among 91 participants driving the “long way round” from Perth to Fremantle for this year’s Variety Bash WA.

Karratha’s Pilbara Princess Variety Bash team has received its first donation for the 2019 event courtesy of the misdemeanours of the town’s four-wheel-drive club over the past year.

The Red Dog 4WD Club handed the $906 cheque from the fines tin to Kirsten Boardman at its general meeting last week.

Ms Boardman said she was familiar with fines tins, having contributed herself to the Variety Bash versions. “Unfortunately I can’t do this year’s Bash so I have started fundraising for next year’s one,” she said.

“That is a huge effort from one donation.

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“I will actually go and do the races for the next two meets for them, working behind the bar all day, and have done that for the past three years.”

Ms Boardman said the four-wheel-drive club would be the first sticker on the car for next year.

Red Dog 4WD Club president Mark Hannon said the club had gone from strength to strength over the past year.

“Membership has gone up, trips have gone up — it is getting bigger and better every year,” he said.

“I’d have to say a really good fine this time would be Paul Thompson.

“Brand new truck, went to his Dirk Hartog Island trip untested and broke a tailshaft.

“He got a nice fine for that.”

Mr Hannon said it was a nice surprise to have one of the club’s founding members, John Jeffries, turn up to the meeting last week.

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