Charity rally rolls through town

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If you were wondering why there were gigantic, old fire engines and racy, classic cars roaring through town yesterday, the last thing you would have picked is a nationwide school rally, right?

The 2016 Variety Trillian Bash are catching up with 4000 kids in eight days, in a rally from Levin to Christchurch.

At each stop, the Bash raises funds for Variety, a children’s charity helping kiwi kids in need of a hand-up.

Tuesday’s leg saw the parade stop off at Linkwater School, Havelock School, Canvastown School, Rai Valley School, Hira School and Clifton Terrace School.

Yesterday, the ‘Bashers’ dropped by Auckland Point School, Brightwater School, Wakefield School and Murchison Area School with goodie bags, 22 decorated vehicles and characters like the Thunderbirds, Top Gun and Elmo.

The teams raise thousands of dollars to join the rally, which becomes a rolling parade as it passes through the smaller, or more rural schools.

Each of the 21 schools have donated money to Variety including Brightwater School, who ate well over 200 American hotdogs to raise over $500.

Brightwater School principal Gerald Baldwin says the Bash was a hit, especially the cars and the water fight between a couple of the fire trucks.

“They’re a fun group of people, with a good cause, and having them all come here is great, it’s certainly a highlight in the kids’ calendar.”

Gerald says while the Bash provided a lot of fun and entertainment, it was great to see the kids wanting to raise money for other children and charities.

“Children having empathy for other children in less fortunate circumstances is always an important social skill to get across and it’s really good that the kids are able to help other kids.”