Variety Dick Smith B to B Bash: Uncle Toby’s team to give kids a surprise

Bundalong’s Heath Peebles is taking part in the Victorian Variety Dick Smith B to B Bash for the sixth year in a row. Picture: JOHN RUSSELL

Bundalong’s Heath Peebles is taking part in the Victorian Variety Dick Smith B to B Bash for the sixth year in a row. Picture: JOHN RUSSELL

EARLY model cars will be plentiful across the Border next month when both the NSW and Victorian Variety Dick Smith B to B Bashes pass through the region at the same time.

On August 15 and 16, teams taking part in the NSW bash will travel through Bonegilla and Albury while the Victorian bash participants visit Wangaratta and Corryong.

Driving his 1974 HZ Holden station wagon, decked out in Uncle Toby’s livery, will be Bundalong’s Heath Peebles, who is competing for the sixth year.

Mr Peebles said it was not often the Victorian bash passed through the North East and he was looking forward to unveiling a Liberty Swing for disabled children in Wangaratta.

He said it would be a surprise for the community to see where the swing would be installed.

Since it was launched in 2008, the Uncle Toby’s car team has raised more than $70,000, with an annual goal of $10,000.

“We were going to try and target $15,000 this year but had a very successful fund-raiser,” he said.

“We are now up to about $18,000 so we are going to beg, borrow and steal to break $20,000.”

Mr Peebles has four children and was inspired to get involved in the bash by a friend’s father.

“It’s great to be able to give to families who aren’t as fortunate as mine,” he said.

The Victorian bash kicks off in Melbourne on August 14.

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