Uluru adventure to help Variety cause

Chloe FraserBusselton Dunsborough Times
Jan and Miles Kennedy will hit the tracks of Uluru for WA kids in need for the Variety 4WD Challenge.
Camera IconJan and Miles Kennedy will hit the tracks of Uluru for WA kids in need for the Variety 4WD Challenge. Credit: Chloe Fraser

Dunsborough four-wheel drivers Jan and Miles Kennedy will hit the tracks of Uluru for WA children in need as part of the 22nd Variety 4WD Challenge.

The couple will set off for a week of off-road adventure, leaving Kalgoorlie-Boulder on Sunday, navigating remote and rugged tracks through the West MacDonnell Ranges and Kings Canyon near Uluru.

Participants are required to raise at least $6000 to take part in the event, helping give sick, disadvantaged and special-needs children a fair go through the provision of practical equipment, programs and experiences.

“It’s a unique charity which provides disadvantaged children with a range of goods, from electric wheelchairs to computers,” Mr Kennedy said.

“The proceeds from this drive go to support these kids.”

Mr Kennedy, a long-time supporter of the charity, said he had participated in about nine or 10 Variety Challenges so far, including the Variety WA Motorcycle Challenge and Classic Car Challenge.

“It goes back almost 20 years when a partner of mine found of all the charities we analysed, the one that benefited the ultimate recipient — disadvantaged children — was Variety,” he said.

“It’s really Variety that brings us back every year.”

Highlights of the challenge will include an opening cocktail function at Kalgoorlie-Boulder’s York Hotel, several school visits, exploration of private four-wheel-drive tracks through Kings Creek, an overnight stay at the Warakurna remote indigenous community, and a gourmet sunset dinner overlooking Uluru.

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