Albury truck convoy raises almost $20k for kids

By: Tamara Whitsed, Photography by: Tamara Whitsed


Albury Convoy IMG 6672 1 Dawson's Haulage's 2013 Kenworth 909 was judged Truck of the Show. It was driven by Paul Bassett Booth. Albury Convoy IMG 6672 1
Albury Convoy IMG 6732 Greenfreight had nine trucks in the convoy. Albury Convoy IMG 6732
Albury Convoy IMG 6884 An old Finemores Haulage International. Albury Convoy IMG 6884
Albury Convoy IMG 7050 The Greenfreight crew. Albury Convoy IMG 7050
Albury Convoy IMG 7065 Ron Duncan travelled from Wollongong in the 2015 Mack Superliner he drives for Ross Transport. Albury Convoy IMG 7065
Albury Convoy IMG 7088 The drivers of Hume Transport. The company had 18 trucks in the convoy. Albury Convoy IMG 7088
Albury Convoy IMG 7149 Churchill Transport was awarded Most Impressive Fleet. Albury Convoy IMG 7149
Albury Convoy IMG 7208 A fleet of Ron Finemore Transport trucks took part in the convoy. Albury Convoy IMG 7208
Albury Convoy IMG 6814 Hume Transport's blue 2014 Western Star 4800, driven by Les Brown, won People's Choice. Albury Convoy IMG 6814
Albury Convoy IMG 7143 Churchill Transport's 2015 Kenworth 909 led the convoy. Albury Convoy IMG 7143
Albury Convoy IMG 6677 Churchill Transport trucks on the Lincoln Causeway, Wodonga. Albury Convoy IMG 6677

Albury 2015 Convoy for Kids organisers hope to attract volunteers to repeat the event next year.

 

Children’s charities will benefit from $19,600 raised by Albury’s successful 2015 Convoy for Kids on October 4.

Organiser Nikki Grae from Country Hope advised Owner//Driver of the fundraising result. The funds will be shared between Country Hope and Give Me Five for Kids.

Over 140 trucks took part in the convoy from Barnawartha North in Victoria, to the showgrounds at Albury, New South Wales.

"All the truckies that attended have come back with the most outstanding feedback," Grae says.

"They want to see it even bigger next year."

But she says the small organising committee will need to attract more members to help plan the 2016 event.

"We ran on a skeleton team for the last two years. It is very hard to make something so big happen when you have very minimal staff," Grae says.

"We’re looking for people who have an interest in the truck industry and who would love to see this continue.

"Being able to pull something like Convoy for Kids together is such an incredibly rewarding experience."

Regional fleets were well represented in the convoy, including Dawson’s Haulage, Churchill Transport, Hume Transport, Greenfreight, Ron Finemore Transport, Border Express and McGory’s Transport.

Trucks also travelled from as far as Wollongong and Dubbo.

Judges chose Dawson’s Haulage’s 2013 Kenworth 909 driven by Paul ‘Bassett’ Booth as Truck of the Show.

The People’s Choice category was won by Hume Transport’s 2014 Western Star 4800. Les Brown drives the truck between Melbourne and Sydney.

Churchill Transport took out the Most Impressive Fleet Award.

Celebrity strongman Derek Boyer entertained the crowd with displays of strength throughout the day. Other activities included wood chopping, dancing, market stalls, helicopter rides, live country music and a car and motorbike show.

To enquire about helping with the 2016 event, contact Grae on 0417 126 311 or via email.

You can see the full pictorial report in the November issue of Owner//Driver.

 

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