TRUCK owners are polishing up their trusty workhorses in readiness for the 14th annual Convoy for Kids tomorrow.
Commencing in 1999, the Convoy was set up with the principal objective of giving support to local kids with cancer, terminal illness or permanent disability. It also provides financial assistance to their families towards medical expenses and much more.
The Convoy managed to raise over $22,000 in 2011, and are hoping to increase this year’s target to more than $30,000.
Convoy secretary Bob Kirk told the Post that this year’s event is looking to be bigger and better than previous years.
“We’re looking to get about 100 entrants for this year’s Convoy,” he said.
“And I can safely say that at this point, we have between 60-70 entrants we can count on.
“The event has always been a good day, and there will be more room to move this year too, as the event has moved from our old site at Belmore Park to the Goulburn Recreation Area on Braidwood Rd.”
Last year’s $22,000 went towards financial assistance for everything from medical treatment to chemist bills and fuel.
The Convoy will also get a visit from the Western Sydney Historic Truck Club, who will be bringing down approximately 12 of their best vintage trucks for people to view and admire.
Mr Kirk also said that his hope was that there will be good weather for this year’s event.
“We’re hoping for a break in the weather, if the last couple of days has been anything to go by,” he said.
The categories in the event are: Best Overall Truck, Best Truck from 5-10 years, Best Fleet, Best Truck over 10 years, Best Rigid, Oldest Truck, and Best Cat- Powered Kenworth (to be in the running for the Jason Sasse Memorial Trophy).
Entertainment will be provided by local musician Jamie Agius, and there are plenty more activities on offer, including vintage car and motorcycle club displays, truck and Harley Davidson rides for the kids, a BBQ and plenty of food, stalls and also the chance to bid for prizes in a giant auction with everything from toolboxes, truck tyres, petrol supplies and more on sale for the truck lover.
Bunnings has also donated a brand new barbecue which will be drawn in the auction.
For any drivers interested in taking part in this year’s convoy, the entry fee is $50, and they can enter any category.
The Convoy committee is also looking for teams of 10 or more strong men or women to participate in the novelty truck pull event which will be over a 25 metre distance.
Entry to the truck pull is free, but teams are asked to donate towards the cause.
Gates will open at the Recreation Area from 6:30am for market exhibitors and stallholders to set up.
The Convoy will assemble at the Gateway Service Station in North Goulburn from 8:30am, and will set off from 10am and drive down Sydney Rd, along Lagoon St, down Auburn St and Mundy St to the Recreation Area, where official proceedings will kick off from 11am.
Truck judging will commence from 11:30am, with the truck pull to start at midday.
The auction will start from 12:30pm, with presentations for each category from 2pm onwards.
Buses will also be running from the Workers Club car park via the Visitor Information Centre from 11am. For more information call Convoy president Bryan Webb on 0408 416980, or Convoy secretary Bob Kirk on 0418 217 520.
Alternatively, visit the Convoy website at www.convoyforkidsgoulburn .com.au.