Mak­ing noise about autism

Lowood Truck Show a roar­ing suc­cess

Big Rigs - - TRUCK SHOW - Bob Ri­ley

AUTISM aware­ness was the big win­ner com­ing out of the ex­tra­or­di­nary ef­forts of the team of vol­un­teers who put to­gether the one-day 2017 Lowood Truck Show.

Autism Queens­land stands to gain a size­able do­na­tion to its valu­able work from the pro­ceeds of the event.

What a self­less com­mu­nity of lo­cals, truck­ies and vis­i­tors it was that came to­gether in sup­port of the work of Autism Queens­land as it bat­tles to help those who are touched by autism.

Bring­ing a strong fo­cus to the re­al­i­ties of liv­ing with autism at the event was the Dug­gan Bulk Haulage’s 2015 Cum­mins-pow­ered lim­ited edi­tion Ken­worth T-950 Leg­end.

Nick­named ‘Speech­less’, the Ken­worth pays proud trib­ute to John and Karen Dug­gan’s nine-year-old daugh­ter Mad­die, who lives with a di­ag­no­sis of se­vere, non-ver­bal autism.

Both sides of the truck’s sleeper carry a mu­ral to Autism Aware­ness and to Mouse, the fam­ily’s deeply af­fec­tion­ate name for Mad­die.

The Dug­gans are based in Emer­ald in cen­tral Queens­land, but Karen, son Jack and Mad­die re­side in the Gold Coast hin­ter­land so Mad­die can at­tend a spe­cial needs school there.

“She is pro­gress­ing ex­tremely well,” mum Karen said.

John Dug­gan had just picked up two new Gra­ham Lusty Trail­ers tri­axle grain bins the day be­fore and ran the street pa­rade sec­tion of the show in dou­bles road train setup and then left the truck and trailer com­bi­na­tion on show through­out the day.

The two new trail­ers also proudly carry Autism Aware­ness art­work by Cy­clone Air­brush on both sides.

The com­bi­na­tion took out the well-de­served Rig of the Show award.

Matt Lee, along with his young nephew Tyson, were also there for the day.

Tyson has also been di­ag­nosed with autism and Matt, who runs Matt Lee’s Ex­ca­va­tions, was at the show with his taste­fully turned out KW T600 tip­per cou­pled to his tag-along ma­chin­ery float loaded with a small ex­ca­va­tor.

Matt also pro­vided spon­sor­ship for the event.

It was a big day to pull to­gether but for or­gan­is­ers Rob Lis­ton and Craig Sev­ern, it was their fourth Lowood Truck Show and they couldn’t have been happier.

“It was awe­some, ab­so­lutely awe­some,” Rob said.

With more than 150 ve­hi­cles of nearly all shapes, sizes, types and ages at the Lowood Show­grounds, both or­gan­is­ers were qui­etly con­fi­dent of reach­ing their fundrais­ing tar­get on be­half of Autism Queens­land.

About 80 trucks, 25 cars and 30 mo­tor­bikes took part in the street pa­rade, which did a short cir­cuit through the town be­fore re­turn­ing to the show­ground ar­eas for a day of fam­ily-fo­cussed en­ter­tain­ment and fundrais­ing. As the head of the con­voy re­turned to the show­ground ac­cess road, the con­voy tail was just reach­ing the start of their run into the town – it was quite a spec­tac­u­lar of sights and sounds. There were many mer­chan­dise and trade stalls do­ing a fair trade with the hun­dreds of peo­ple who had not come just with the trucks, cars and bikes, but who had come along to sup­port the event.

There were plenty of ac­tiv­i­ties for the chil­dren and the food and drink stalls were do­ing a roar­ing trade un­der the clear blue sky of a warm­ing late south-east Queens­land win­ter’s day.

Wo­ven in be­tween live mu­sic sets that had the crowd up and danc­ing and rocking along, auc­tion­eer Doug Ross did a great job of auc­tion­ing off the in­cred­i­ble ar­ray of do­nated goods.

The items ranged from tyres to gift packs, hol­i­days, din­ners, gift vouch­ers and just about ev­ery­thing in be­tween, with the pro­ceeds go­ing a long way to­wards the day’s im­pres­sive fundrais­ing tar­get.

Autism: Al­ways Unique, To­tally In­ter­est­ing, Some­times Mys­te­ri­ous.

It was awe­some, ab­so­lutely awe­some!

— Rob Lis­ton, show or­gan­iser

PHO­TOS: BOB RI­LEY, CHAS­ING TRUCKS ME­DIA

HEAVY METAL PA­RADE: All for a good cause.

The con­voy rolls into Lowood and a size­able do­na­tion for Autism Queens­land was the out­come of the day.

Blowin’ smoke! The boys and gals put on a bit of a per­for­mance for Lowood res­i­dents, pump­ing out 120 deci­bels.

Lowood Truck Show’s or­gan­is­ers Rob and Kassie Lis­ton and Craig Sev­ern with Adri­enne Costin from Autism Queens­land .

PHO­TOS: BOB RI­LEY

Jack, John and Karen Dug­gan with daugh­ter Mad­die in front.

Autism Aware­ness hits the high­ways with this paint job.

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