The Newcastle branch of AHA NSW raised over $62,000 last week for Variety at its annual Race Day at Newcastle Racecourse.

The money was raised in support of the annual AHA NSW Variety Bash, a 2,500-kilometre, round-trip adventure across NSW starting and finishing in Newcastle in cars more than 30 years old.

Since partnering with Variety – an organisation that supports sick and disadvantaged kids and their families – in 2013, the Newcastle sub-branch of AHA NSW has raised over $360,000 for the charity.

“Variety is an amazing charity which supports countless numbers of sick, disadvantaged and disabled children throughout the Hunter and the rest of NSW,” AHA Newcastle Hunter spokesperson Mick Starkey stated.

“Each year we hold the AHA Race Day at Newcastle Racecourse with the aim of engaging the generous local hotel industry and raising much needed funds for Variety to enable them to continue their support of disadvantaged children in our community. We are proud to be associated with this event.”

Jason Bourke, Variety’s head of regional development, was very grateful to the local hoteliers and their suppliers for their continued generosity in helping the most vulnerable members of the community.

“Most pubs in the Hunter are family owned and it is wonderful to see the whole industry doing what it can for other families in our community who need help.”

The AHA NSW Variety Bash gets underway on Sunday 20 May.

Caption: (l-r) Jason Bourke (Variety), David Girven (St George), Rolly de With (AHA NSW Newcastle sub-branch) and Adam McDean (Variety Newcastle).

Vanessa Cavasinni

Vanessa Cavasinni is the managing editor of Australian Hotelier and Club Management, trade publications for the pub and club sectors respectively. Vanessa has been at the helm of Australian Hotelier since...

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