IHC Robbins Technical Director, Greg Deighton, participates in Variety Jet Trek 2018 for children’s charity.
Variety Jet Trek is an on water event where participants ride PWC’s (personal water craft, or as they are commonly known Jet Skis) along parts of the Australian coastline. The purpose is to raise funds for the many programs that Variety – The Children’s Charity conduct.
The 2018 event was from Sydney to Yamba, which is over a distance of 630 km’s, run over 5 riding days. Greg is joined on the event by his wife and son, as road crew and fellow rider respectively. They are known as Team D8on.
The weather this year was not favourable, with strong winds and large swells causing plenty of action for the support rescue boats.
A record number of 115 PWC’s entered involving a total 260 people on the event. Participants spend the previous year raising funds for Variety by conducting BBQ’s, selling raffle tickets, conducting fund raising events and seeking direct donations. This year a total $380,000 was raised from this event, and Team D8on achieved a personal best of +$9000.
The riders are organized into on water teams, with two team officials to ensure the 15 members safety. Greg and his son are the on water officials for team white, and have completed 6 and 3 previous events respectively. Safety is further managed by having two support boats with the event to assist in rescues and transporting any injured riders or towing damaged PWC’s.
Some key metrics from this year’s event:
- Total on water distance: 630 km
- Total fuel consumed per Team D8on PWC: 350 litres
The Variety Jet Trek has been run for 20 years, and has managed to raise over $1m during this period, which goes a long way to helping kids to live, laugh and learn.
Variety – the Children’s Charity supports children and families who are facing many challenges through sickness, disadvantage or living with a disability. Variety can help children to gain mobility and freedom, get out and about in the community, communicate, achieve independence and increase self-esteem. Where possible, the organisation helps them integrate into mainstream school and activities. An example of the mobility equipment we provided this year, is a beach capable wheel chair.
“IHC Robbins is a proud sponsor of the Variety Jet Trek. An extremely worthy cause to help young disadvantaged kids.
“Backing Team D8on, the group proved that the passion to achieve success for these kids overcame the many obstacles posed by a very arduous sea journey. To Team D8on and Variety Jet Trek, a great job, well done!”
John Feenan, Managing Director of IHC Robbins