Syd­ney driv­ers help raise funds

Big Rigs - - SYDNEY CONVOY FOR KIDS - Ian Lee

FOR more than 25 years now, the Syd­ney Con­voy for Kids has been get­ting trucks to­gether en masse, rais­ing over $2.25 mil­lion for nu­mer­ous med­i­cal en­ti­ties all over New South Wales.

This year’s con­voy made its way from the in­dus­trial area of Hunt­ing­wood, up the M4 into the Syd­ney Olympic Park at Home­bush on Septem­ber 21.

More than 600 trucks took part in the con­voy this year, with trucks rang­ing from vin­tage rigs, right up to the lat­est mod­els avail­able on the mar­ket to­day.

Con­voy for Kids pub­lic­ity of­fi­cer Clar­rie Gibbs said the event “just keeps get­ting bet­ter ev­ery year”.

“I’d like to thank our ma­jor spon­sors, Wales and Aussie Skip Bins, as well as all spon­sors who have spent time, ef­fort and money in mak­ing the con­voy what it is to­day,” she said.

“We would also like to thank the NSW Po­lice for help­ing the event to flow so smoothly.”

Peter Con­stanti­nou from Aussie Skip Bins’ Peter Con­stanti­nou said they loved to help out when it came to an event like this one.

“This is our first year in­volved in the con­voy, but we will def­i­nitely be back next year with more trucks,” he said.

“We have 25 of our fleet here to­day, plus some ex­tra com­pany ve­hi­cles tag­ging along.”

When asked his favourite part of the day, he told us: “I can’t put my fin­ger on one par­tic­u­lar part I liked best. It was just all good”.

The con­voy has the whole day set out with fam­i­lies in mind, with free rides as well as stall­hold­ers set up on the day to sell their wares.

The con­voy has raised about $50,000 for the NETS Am­bu­lance ser­vice again this year, enough to fund a com­pletely equipped am­bu­lance for the ser­vice.

This fol­lows on af­ter a do­na­tion of nearly $100,000 last year, to buy two Tem­pus Pro mon­i­tors to fit to am­bu­lances in their fleet.

The pop­u­lar­ity of the event means the amount of trucks has in­creased again, shown by the fact that the trucks needed to be parked in three rows, as op­posed to two rows in pre­vi­ous years.

With 30 vol­un­teers on the ros­ter, and work­ing with the com­plex­i­ties in­volved in get­ting 400 trucks into the Olympic Park dur­ing the se­cu­rity lock­down around the In­vic­tus Games, the Con­voy for Kids 2018 was again a suc­cess.

This shows the qual­ity of the or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee, and the pas­sion that the trans­port in­dus­try has, when it comes to rais­ing money for a good cause.

PHO­TOS: CONTRIBUTED

HELP­ING THE KIDS: The Syd­ney Con­voy for Kids event was a huge suc­cess.

This year’s event raised about $50,000 for NETS Am­bu­lance Ser­vice.

Many cool trucks like this one took part in the Syd­ney con­voy.

More than 600 trucks were in the con­voy.

Aussie Skip Bins were one of the event’s spon­sors.

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