Doing It For The Kids
On October 5, 2014, the first ever Central Queensland Convoy for Kids was run. The organisers, CQ Convoy Inc, were exceptional in gaining support from the industry and the wider community. The convoy conjured support from over 130 trucks which were all there to help raise funds for the region’s paediatric units and the sick kids of Central Queensland. Money from the day was also set to go to programs that help support the families of the sick kids. The day was a huge success with the CQ Convoy Inc raising a total of $72,000. The day started off around 9am with the lead truck leaving the CQ University in Rockhampton going towards the hosting venue Paradise Lagoons. The roar of the engines and blaring horns were an impressive sound complementing the impressive sight of the biggest convoy the town has ever seen. Kids young and old lined the streets and highway as the rumbling diesel engines roared past putting huge smiles on the faces of everyone who saw. The venue, Paradise Lagoons, is a large camp draft venue built on a large cattle property. It was a pleasant venue to hold the show, with more than enough room for the trucks.
If you weren’t content on just looking at the trucks there was a large amount going on throughout the day, horse events in the outside arena, there were musical acts, which included recent X Factor contestant Talia Gouge, performing in the undercover area near the bar, markets and lots of exciting activities for the kids to do.
The People’s Choice winner was Tim North’s T609 Kenworth with the runner up being the T909 from Shaws. Both of these trucks also took out Best of the Show.
Emerald Carrying Company won Best Fleet while MegaTruck’s impressive tow truck took out Best Vehicle Other Than a Truck. Not sure how that one works.
The CQ Convoy Inc. should be very proud of their efforts, the day was great especially for an event run for the very first time.
Some of the folks from Emerald
Carrying Co Regan Amer, Matt Langley, Mitch Wright, Ryan Langley,
Daniel Pearce and Emily Pearce.