Matt Stone Racing and children’s charity Variety have joined forces as part of the final round of the Supercars Championship in Newcastle.
The team have donated $5,000 to Variety, presenting a cheque today at the Newcastle street circuit in front of the Bigmate Racing Supercar with driver Todd Hazelwood.
Head of Regional Development Jason Bourke said Variety – the Children’s Charity, is extremely grateful to Matt Stone Racing for the donation, which will be used to support families who have a child who is sick, disadvantaged or has special needs.
“Variety believes all kids deserve a fair go so we provide practical support to make sure all kids can overcome any challenges they face in life and reach their full potential,” Bourke said.
Variety has a long history of involvement with motoring events having run the iconic Variety Bash in NSW for 35 years and works closely with Supercars as the charity partner for the Bathurst 1000 annually.
“We are thrilled to be involved with the Bigmate Racing team and Todd Hazelwood in this year’s Newcastle 500 with the car proudly carrying the Variety brand,” Bourke added.
“We wanted to thank the team for providing a once in a lifetime opportunity today for some Variety kids who had the chance to meet Todd, sit in the car and take a look at the pits — the huge smiles said it all.”
The team have finished practice for today and will qualifying and race tomorrow, with the Coates Hire Newcastle 500 running across 23-25 November.
Founded in 1928, Variety helps when others can’t.
Families and organisations can turn to Variety – the Children’s Charity when government assistance isn’t available.
Variety provides support through grants for children and families for things like:
- Mobility equipment and wheelchairs
- Communication devices and education aides
- Medical items and services
- Therapy services, including occupational therapy and music therapy