Form1 joins Variety Bash for kids in need

Every year Form1 takes part in Variety Bash – the longest-running and most iconic charity motoring event in Australia.

Did you know… In 1985, businessman and philanthropist Dick Smith got a bunch of his mates to drive their old cars through the outback from Bourke in Far West New South Wales to Burketown in Far North Queensland. He charged people to enter to fundraise for charity and managed to raise $250,000. It became known as the Variety Bourke to Burketown Bash and became an annual tradition with each trip beginning and ending in a town beginning with “B.”

Proudly held by Variety – The Children’s Charity, Form1 has been a proud participant in the Variety B to B Bash since 2013. Every year, as part of this unforgettable event, passionate teams spend 10 days driving iconic cars into regional towns, visiting local schools, and fundraising for Aussie kids in need.

“It’s a fantastic event that is all about community and helping others,” says Form1 CEO, Steve Shirlaw.

This year GLS Electrical/ Form1 Fire are entering three cars as Team Lego – Car 63, Car 277 and Car 127. Click the links to support our Lego Cars.

To learn more read Variety Bash with Form1 – a blog by Steve.


Are you interested in joining in the adventures? Click here to learn more about the Variety B to B Bash, find a few mates, and submit your own team. If you like supporting a community who are passionate about helping others and you like the idea of meeting like-minded people, while having fun, this could be just for you!

See you on the road!

This year's bash

The 2023 Variety B to B Bash kicks off on August 6, 2023. Get ready for ten days of fast cars and fundraising.


Supporting kids in need

The Bash began in 1984 when Dick Smith took a bunch of mates for a drive to fundraise for kids in need.


Lego and laughs

Form1 joined the Variety Bash for the first time in 2013 and has been fundraising for Variety ever since.

"Most people who’ve had trauma in childhood have lost the capacity to dream. At Destiny we give them with hope and the chance to dream again." Janine Epere, CEO & co-founder, Destiny Haven
"Some towns make more money in one day from Variety Bash than they make in a year so everyone benefits." Steve Shirlaw, Form1 Group CEO,
"A pleasure to witness a great initiative from Form1 with Cards for Connection. I love the passion your organisation presents, not just with the core business, but with your culture, commitment and look to improve our social connections." Mark Redding, Asset Manager, Uniting
"Cards for Connection are a great way to start meaningful conversations." Colin McDonnell, ‎Dementia and Wellbeing Consultant, Calvary Care

All for a good cause.

All kids deserve the same opportunities in life. No matter what life throws at them. Variety – The Children’s Charity helps children and their families with much-needed financial support for things like specialist equipment, therapy, and medical supplies, when they can’t afford it, and when government assistance isn’t available.

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