Convoy raised more than $50k for sick kids
HUNDREDS of trucks and motorbikes hit the road on Sunday to raise money for children's charity Camp Quality. The vehicles drove in convoy through the streets of Geelong, culminating in a Show and Shine at Avalon Airport.
Australia's leading provider of aftermarket truck and trailer parts, Truckline, came on board as a sponsor once again this year, joining principal partner Viva Energy to help Camp Quality bring laughter and optimism to children growing up with cancer, and their families.
For Truckline's Territory Business Manager (VIC/TAS) Casey Stewart, this event holds special meaning for her and her family, after sadly losing her niece to childhood cancer at just five years of age.
"It's been a wonderful day with drivers, riders and members of the public coming together to raise money for Camp Quality. I'm proud that Truckline has again supported this event. It was a terrible tragedy for my family when we lost my niece and I know the value of supporting other families living with cancer," Casey said.
"Camp Quality is an incredible organisation that does so much for children growing up with cancer and their families. The programs and services offered to these children and their parents and siblings have a lasting impact and are such a great help through such a difficult time."
Camp Quality State Manager for Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia, Kendra Overall acknowledged that continued support from Viva Energy, Truckline and other sponsors ensured a successful event that focused on raising as much money as possible.
"More than 120 trucks and motorbikes participated today and, thanks to the support from our sponsors, we can ensure all funds raised will directly help children aged 0-13 impacted by cancer. Whether it is their own diagnosis or someone they love, like a brother, sister, mum or dad. We are there for them through the daily ups and downs of cancer. We create opportunities for the kids to be kids again: in-hospital, at home, at school and away from it all.," Kendra said.
While it's too early to put an exact figure on the funds raised, Kendra said the signs pointed to a great day.
"Over $50,000 was generated across all the different ways that the community supported us - whether via the generosity of our principal sponsor, registrations, auctions and on the day activities. The drivers and rides also contributed considerably themselves through their family and friend supporting their participation," she said.
"This goes a long way to allowing us to provide children the opportunity to participate in our program and services," concluded Kendra.