There are many fantastic charities in the world today looking to raise funds in order to make the world a better place. From funding for curing illnesses like cancer and diabetes to supporting the less fortunate both at home and abroad. Raising such funds for these indispositions requires dedication from volunteers as they find interesting and varying ways of generating much needed revenue.
One way to raise funds while drawing attention to your plight is to go large and one way to do this is via a convoy of big rigs! Truck drivers don’t need too much convincing when it comes to finding an excuse to polish up their rigs and cruise down the highway single file from one destination to the next. The fact that they spend almost every day of the week behind the wheel shows the passion these guys and girls have for their industry.
Not only are they happy to draw attention to their fantastic highway haulers but they’re more than generous when it comes to supporting a worthy cause. Proof of this is the fact that the idea of running a convoy for charity has been around for many years and can be found throughout the country and around the world!
This particular convoy was organised and run on behalf of the well organised charity, Camp Quality. Camp Quality is designed to help create a better life for young children living with cancer while providing much needed services and support for the families as they negotiate the arduous path from diagnosis through to remission.
The early Saturday morning air around Avalon Airport erupted into life as hundreds of prime movers, rigid trucks and bikes converged on the open paddock beside the airport. Breakfast was provided in the true Aussie style of a snag or bacon and egg sanga washed down with a coffee while catching up with mates.
The bikes took off first as they cruised two abreast before the big rigs fired up for their trip through the bay side city of Geelong to the showgrounds. Leading the convoy of trucks was Riordan Grain Services who won the privilege with a winning bid of $23,750 at the previously organised auction with all monies raised going to Camp Quality.
The highway leading into town and the main route through town had its fair share of onlookers and supporters giving the rig operators an excuse to pull the chain and blast the air horns. Filing into the showgrounds, while well organised, allowed the main road in to look like a show-truck parade as many residents came out to be greeted by the phenomenal sight of high and mighty chrome, polish and paint.
The Geelong showgrounds came alive with the awesome spectacle of the mighty movers along with plenty of family activities from carnival rides to side shows. Mack from the animated movie, Cars was on show much to the delight of the junior truckers while a fantastic country rock band filled the air with the right ambience for such an occasion. The local radio station, BAYFM set up an outside broadcast to transmit from, interviewing the various organisers and major supporters of the charity and annual convoy event. Once again, a fantastic and enjoyable way of raising funds for a worthy cause.
Keep on cruisin and keep her shiny side up! Catch ya on the flip flop!