Charities benefit from Albury Convoy's success

By: Tamara Whitsed, Photography by: Tamara Whitsed


The truck industry’s generosity was on show at the recent Albury Convoy for Kids.

Charities benefit from Albury Convoy's success
Brett Wilson and his daughter Indie alongside the 2009 Kenworth T908 which won Truck of the Show.

 

Sick kids in the Albury region will benefit from the generosity of trucking families who supported the Albury Convoy for Kids on October 5.

Eighty-six trucks travelled along Albury’s main street – Dean Street – and proceeded to the Albury Showgrounds where 4000 people attended a family day.

The event raised funds for Country Hope and Give Me 5 for Kids. Organiser Nikki Grae from Country Hope says money raised will benefit children with life-threatening illnesses including cancer, and also help purchase life-saving equipment for the paediatric ward of the local hospital.

Truck driver John Oswald coordinated the truck convoy which exceeded his expectations.

He says truckies often "cop a lot of flak" in the media, and it was great for the public to see the industry in a positive light. "The truckies’ hearts go a long way in the transport industry."

Garry Brew spent the day taking children on truck rides. He says children loved travelling in a fire truck and the 30-year-old Kenworth owned by the late Vern Mildren.

There was fun for all ages – stalls, a jumping castle, face painting, wood chopping, classic cars and Team Army’s supercharged Land Rover ‘Armygeddon’. Singing truckie Travis Sinclair was a hit with country music fans.

Nine trucks from the Churchill Transport fleet took part in the convoy, and the Holbrook company’s 2009 Kenworth T908 driven by Brett Wilson was judged truck of the show.

Dawson’s Haulage was runner-up with the 2013 Kenworth 909 driven by Paul "Bassett" Booth; and SRV’s 2014 Kenworth K200 Aerodyne, driven by David Sinclair, was third.

Heath Birks proudly accepted the People’s Choice award for Complete Body Craft’s 1990 Kenworth T650 tow truck.

See the full pictorial report in the November issue of Owner//Driver Magazine.

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