Whale of a time at Fraser Coast Convoy for Kids

By: Greg Bush

More than 110 trucks travelled from Maryborough to Hervey Bay for the charity fund-raising Fraser Coast Convoy for Kids

By Greg Bush

It’s a part of Queensland that’s better known for its whale watching cruises, but the tourist centre of Hervey Bay came alive to the sound of thundering diesel engines and air horns during the annual Fraser Coast Convoy for Kids.

Held on July 11, the Convoy attracted more than 110 trucks, plus a host of utes, bikes and hot rods, all in the aid of the Leukaemia Foundation and Angel Flight Australia.

Although most trucks came from the local area and Bundaberg, some travelled from as far away as Mackay and Brisbane for the event.

It was early morning start for the truckies as they assembled at Maryborough Airport where the local Rotary Club cooked up a sausage sizzle breakfast. The kids were getting excited, especially with the arrival of Luke, the Leukaemia Bear.

Then it was time for the convoy. The trucks wove through the streets of Maryborough before heading off on the 35 kilometre trip to Hervey Bay. Crowds gathered by the roadside as the convoy made its way to the final destination of Seafront Oval, Pialba.

The trucks lined the Esplanade, reading for judging while the kids enjoyed rides and food put on by the Lions Club. In the nearby car park, the Bandag Bullet, a regular visitor to the Fraser Coast Convoy, put on a breathtaking display of smoke and fire as it tore up the bitumen.

As far as the truck competition went, the winners included Emerald Carrying Company’s T650 Kenworth which was voted Best of the Day, while Richers Transport won the Best Fleet award.

According to organiser Jack Chapman-Taylor, it was a great family day and an excellent charity fund-raising effort by all who attended.

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