Jon Riordan (front) loads up the bus as fellow participants (top, from left) Stuart Hancock and Anthony Pid- cock take a breath
Jon Riordan (front) loads up the bus as fellow participants (top, from left) Stuart Hancock and Anthony Pid- cock take a breath

JR?s having a bush bash

By JULIA ILES

A GROUP of charitable Yamba residents will hold a bush party on Monday to herald the start of their entry in the NSW Variety Club Bash.

Prawns, donated wine and circus bikes will be features of charity king Jon Riordan (JR) and his mates' celebration near Bourke.

And after initial problems with the gearbox, the bus ? which will take them from Bourke to Bundaberg ? is, 'better than ever'.

"We always have a great time, I've been doing it for 13 years but I don't think I have another 13 in me," he said.

So far $25,000 has been raised through fundraising at the Pacific Hotel and donations.

"To see where the money goes is such a rewarding experience," Mr Riordan said.

"Last year in Wagga we went to a special school where the Variety Club had installed a swing for wheelchair-bound kids ... to see a young boy who had probably never had a swing in his life brought tears to my eyes."

JR will also run in a bash from Cairns to Birdsville.



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