RECORDS SMASHED AT NORTH­ERN CON­VOY

Bling'd Up Trucks - - Models - Story and Pho­tog­ra­phy Rick Martin

Arecord num­ber of 340 trucks of most makes and sizes and 220 bikes par­tic­i­pated in the Townsville Zinc 100.7FM Camp Qual­ity Con­voy for Kids held on the 19th Oc­to­ber.

The con­voy was an amaz­ing 10km long and was led by a po­lice es­cort fol­lowed by the mo­tor­bikes and the trucks. The Townsville Con­voy was in its fifth year and has grown in size each time. Last year 287 trucks took part, 174 in 2012, 153 in 2011 and 120 a year be­fore.

Camp Qual­ity is the na­tional chil­dren’s fam­ily can­cer char­ity with a pur­pose to cre­ate a bet­ter life for ev­ery child liv­ing with can­cer in Aus­tralia. Camp Qual­ity helps fam­i­lies spend time to­gether and con­nect with other fam­i­lies in a fun, pos­i­tive and sup­port­ive en­vi­ron­ment.

Camp Qual­ity pro­grams help build op­ti­mism and re­silience for ev­ery child liv­ing with can­cer in Aus­tralia.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion sup­ports fam­i­lies along the en­tire can­cer jour­ney- in hos­pi­tals, at home, at school and away from it all- at our camps. Road trans­port com­pa­nies, small fleets op­er­a­tors and owner driv­ers took part in the con­voy and the huge num­ber was tes­ti­mony to the fact they are kind peo­ple who give back a lot to the com­mu­nity.

Some of the Camp Qual­ity kids were pas­sen­gers in trucks whilst oth­ers trav­elled in a bus which was pro­vided by lo­cal com­pany Camp­bell’s Coaches. Spec­ta­tors waited with much an­tic­i­pa­tion at En­ter­prise Road in the north­ern sub­urb of the Bohle for the start of the con­voy at 8.30am. Even with such a large num­ber of trucks, there were no lo­gis­ti­cal prob­lems as po­lice were on hand and also a band of loyal vol­un­teers to mar­shal the driv­ers. Af­ter leav­ing the con­voy turned onto the Bruce High­way, then left onto Shaw Road, then the Ring Road, Ar­te­rial Road, Univer­sity Road, along Stu­art Drive, Bowen Road, Char­ters Tow­ers Road and fi­nally Her­vey Range Road.

Fi­nally the con­voy turned right onto 1300 Smiles Sta­dium which is the home of the North Queens­land Cowboys NRL football team. It took 45 min­utes for the con­voy to ar­rive there.

It was es­ti­mated that more than 10,000 men, women and chil­dren lined the con­voy route wav­ing to truck driv­ers and pas­sen­gers. In re­turn the driv­ers honked their horns in ap­pre­ci­a­tion.

Plenty of trucks on

this con­voy!

Jamie Rostron who is an an­i­mal

han­dler for Melville’s Farm was tak­ing Bindi the goat for a ride.

Young truckie Daniel Shaw was there at the Fam­ily

Fun Day.

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