Variety Car Cruise to make overnight stop in Katanning as event returns for 11th year

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Last year's Variety Creative Car Cruise.
Camera IconLast year's Variety Creative Car Cruise. Credit: Supplied

A popular event will roll into Katanning this week as part of efforts to raise funds for children’s charity Variety.

The Variety Creative Car Cruise will make its way to Katanning on Thursday and Friday after participants set off from York.

The cruise is set over four days, stopping overnight in Katanning on Thursday night and then heading off for Albany on Friday.

The cruise will then travel to Manjimup on Saturday before finishing at the Old Coast Road Brewery 35km north of Bunbury on Sunday.

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Two grants will be given out in the region during the cruise, with the travelling contingent set to visit Woodanilling Primary School on Thursday and Katanning Primary School on Friday.

Variety WA chief executive Tony Hume said it was important for cruise participants to see the impact of their fundraising efforts.

“We are enormously grateful for the support of the community, who embrace our charity road trips every year to help children in need throughout WA,” he said.

“Being able to explore some of WA’s most beautiful and iconic small towns, and spending time with like-minded car enthusiasts is just the icing on the cake.”

Participants for this year’s event were required to raise $4000 for Variety before they took part in the event.

The public are invited along to a community event at the all ages playground in Katanning between 8am and 9am on Friday where the cars will be on display along with giveaways for the children.

Two Albany couples, Grant Wells and Peta Curtin and Aaron and Renae St Jack, are participating in this year’s event.

The St Jacks will be driving in their 1970 Ford Mustang with Mr Wells and Ms Curtin cruising their 1932 Ford Tudor hot rod.

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