COVID claims more truck events

By: Greg Bush, Photography by: Warren Aitken

Canberra Convoy and Sydney Truck and Trailer Expo fall victim to Omicron’s advances

COVID claims more truck events
Canberra's Rise Above Convoy for Cancer Families has postponed


Organisers of Canberra’s Rise Above Convoy for Cancer Families have made the decision to postpone the charity fund-raising event to a date still to be determined.

Rise Above, which started as the Cancer Support Group in 1985, announced the decision on its Facebook page. The convoy was due scheduled to take place on February 13.

"We regret to announce we are postponing the 10th annual Rise Above Convoy for Cancer Families this year, due to the nationwide spike in COVID-19 cases driven by the Omicron variant," the group states.

"After much consideration, we have decided that hosting the event in February and connecting with the hundreds of families and community members impacted by cancer poses a significant risk to the health and safety of our patients, their families and friends, our dedicated supporters and our team."

Rise Above says it will continue planning for the event with a view to hosting it once there is more certainty around the current Omicron variant."

Meanwhile, the inaugural Sydney Truck and Trailer Expo, which was due to take place on the weekend of January 28 to 30 at the Hawkesbury Showgrounds in Clarendon has been cancelled indefinitely.

The Expo was set to include the Kenworth Klassic, itself a victim of COVID’s impact in September 2021. However, the Expo as well the Kenworth Klassic, are looking at a September date this year.

While COVID has been blamed for the Expo cancellation, a serious car accident to one of the main organisers, Bruce Gunter, was also a major factor.

Gunter, who is also one of the driving forces behind the biennial Haulin’ The Hume, was recently involved in a head-on collision. While expected to make a full recovery, he looks set to be sidelined for some time.

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