NQ’S ROCK’N COUNTRY is honoured to support Variety – the Children’s Charity.
Variety believes that all children deserve the same opportunities in life and all children should be able to follow their dreams and be the best they can be – no matter what life throws at them and no matter what their ability.


The Australian branch of Variety has been helping our most vulnerable children since 1975. Each year, thousands of children who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs, get support from Variety when they need it most. When government assistance is not available, Variety provides support through grants for important items such as mobility equipment and wheelchairs, communication devices and educational aides, medical items and services, and therapies such as occupational therapy and music therapy.

One of the most well-known fundraisers for Variety is the annual Variety Bash, which was started in 1985 when entrepreneur Dick Smith took a group of adventurers on a rally through the outback from Bourke NSW to Burketown QLD in cars over 30 years old, raising $250,000 for the charity along the way. Since that first event, the Variety Bash bash has grown from strength to strength, injecting much needed funds into rural and remote communities, and raising millions of dollars for the charity each year.

The organiser of NQ’S ROCK’N COUNTRY, Geoff Baguley, is a regular entrant of the Variety Bash and will be joining fellow Bashers again in 2020 from Winton QLD just one day after the festival finishes! We look forward to having you join us for a fantastic weekend of great country music while we support this wonderful charity.

Variety Heart Lottery

Tickets are $10 each and the grand prize is $10,000 cash. The lottery that you’ll be selling tickets for will be drawn on 25 September.

​If you buy five or more tickets, as well as having the chance to win $10,000, you’ll automatically be entered in our bonus draw to win an Evovacs DEEBOT 600 Robotic Vacuum. You can go the extra mile and join the VIP Club, and never miss a draw. You’ll be automatically and conveniently entered into four draws a year for your chance to win the $10,000 cash, with no lock in contracts. VIP members will also receive automatic entry into an exclusive VIP draw. The VIP winner will be announced on 25 September.

Variety Grant Recipient Stories

Here are some examples of recent grants in the Mackay, Rockhampton and Springsure areas:

  • 3 year old Rylan received a Hopsa Dress (Mackay). Rylan has an undiagnosed condition likely to be of genetic and metabolic origin. He has a significant physical impairment – he is able to sit but not able to crawl or walk. The Hopsa Dress will provide him with the chance to be upright in a dynamic way different from his standing frame, strengthening his legs and learning how to use them in a step before walking.
  • On the 2019 Variety Bash, Mackay Special School were granted a Sandpit and Hamilton Island State School received 4 Laptops.
  • Springsure State School is a Prep-Year Ten school of 195 students. There are limited resources available to support children with special needs, so the school uses its own funds to supply extra support for these children including employing Speech Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists and extra teacher aides.  The school received a variety of physical and educational resources to assist their students with learning.
    • 11 year old Isaac (Mackay) was presented with a Momo Tricycle on the 2019 Variety Bash. Isaac has a diagnosis of Spastic Diplegic Cerebral Palsy which affects his trunk and extremities, predominantly his legs, causing significant weakness and asymmetrical movement patterns. This tricycle will be used daily for social and recreational activities with family, friends and peers as Isaac has no other means of participating in other physical activities. This tricycle will also help towards improving Isaac’s cardiovascular fitness, physical mobility and overall health and well-being.
  • Rockhampton Horse Riding for the Disabled was established in 1976 and is a volunteer-based organisation that provides opportunities for riders with disability to enjoy horse-based activities. These activities provide innumerable benefits to participants including but not limited to improved balance, strengthened muscles, better coordination, increased endurance, improved range of movement, sense of well being and achievement. Variety granted a specialised saddle to help kids of all abilities be involved. https://www.facebook.com/RockhamptonRDA/posts/2153571738275596
    • Angus (Rockhampton) is a 4yr old boy who has a clinically diagnosed but as-yet unknown genetic syndrome. He suffers mixed hearing loss in both ears and was born with a cleft palate. He has significant developmental delay – he is unable to walk or talk. He is currently 100% peg fed through a Mickey button. He has a suspected intellectual impairment. Angus will be attending the Rockhampton North Special School where they use the Proloquo2go communication system. Angus received an iPad to help at school and to communicate.
  • Westwood State School caters for 19 children with a range of disabilities such as auditory processing, ADHD, anxiety, learning difficulties, sleep onset difficulties, Cyclic Vomiting and a prep who is being ascertained for Autism. Some students also suffer from mental health problems. Variety granted 10 new iPads to assist all students with learning, and are very much needed!
  • Josiah (Emerald) has a diagnosis of Down Syndrome (T21). This diagnosis was given before birth, he was monitored very closely pre-birth and post. He was also born 2 months premature.

Josiah is largely non-verbal at present, though communicates through laughs and key word sign as his language expression. Josiah does not walk yet. At present the family are working with Physiotherapists, Speech therapists, Occupational Therapists, Dieticians, Paediatric doctors, Podiatrists/orthotics teams to help strengthen him and his muscles, as he has hypotonia (low muscle tone).

Variety granted a crocodile walker to assist Josiah with his mobility and strengthening his muscles.


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