Sydney drivers help raise funds
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.
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.