RECORDS SMASHED AT NORTHERN CONVOY
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
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