Goulburn’s Convoy for Kids will mark its 20th anniversary this Saturday with another feast of entertainment.
The charitable organisation’s president Bryan Webb said this year’s event was aiming to raise $60,000, in line with the previous two years, to help families with children suffering illness.
Several of the city’s streets will be lined with trucks as the rigs make their way from the Gateway Service Station on Sydney Road to the Recreation Area on Braidwood Road at 9.30am for a day of activities.
“We’ve got trucks coming from not just Goulburn but Sydney and all around the district,” Mr Webb said.'
Elders’ Steve Ridley will conduct the auction for the lead truck at The Gateway. Drivers vie for the honour, raising thousands of dollars in the process. This year, the service station is donating $5000 worth of fuel to the person who wins the auction.
The Convoy then makes its way into Auburn Street, Mundy Street and to the Recreation Area.
There, auctioneer Graeme Welsh will auction items donated by local businesses. Local singer Jamie Agius will entertain and children of all ages can enjoy the carnival with a host of rides, a rock climbing wall and other activities. Wrist bands cost $5.
A raffle with more than $2000 worth of prizes will also be held.
Mr Webb said the ever popular truck pull, comprising teams of 10, would be staged again.
Patrons, who only pay a gold coin entry, can also enjoy market stalls and take in truck judging for different categories. The day runs until about 3pm.
Mr Webb said Convoy for Kids had 30 to 40 children aged up to 18 on its books. The organisation covers Goulburn and district.
“We’d like to raise at least $60,000 because each year we’re picking up more clients,” he said.
The funds help families with medication, travel and accommodation expenses.
Mr Webb, who has been involved with Convoy for the past nine years, said it was a cause close to his heart.
“I’m passionate about the road transport industry and I think it gives people a true indication of what truck drivers are like to to participate in something like this. They are very generous people,” he said.
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