Truckers rally for Camp Quality
A RECORD 185 trucks took part in this year's Townsville Camp Quality Convoy for Kids on August 19, raising $50,000 for kids with cancer.
Along for the ride were 143 motorbikes to help the charitable organisation, which assists sick kids.
The trucks and bikes left the mustering area at Bohle at 10.30am and drove through Townsville streets before arriving at the Townsville Showgrounds almost an hour later.
There were trucks of most makes, big and small, and some very colourful with spectators out in force cheering.
In return the drivers honked their horns.
Road transport companies, small fleet operators and owner drivers took part in the convoy.
At the showgrounds a Family Fun Day was held, which was attended by more than 1000 men, women and children.
Camp Quality's Dorothy Cunningham said it was amazing successful thanks to the generosity of truckies, bike riders and volunteers.
"They cleaned their trucks and that is no mean feat. Campbells Coaches carried the 40 Camp Quality (volunteers) with the convoy.
"Our MCs at the family day were Todd Martin and Amanda Carr. They did a good job, as did the police who ensured the convoy had green traffic lights along the way. Army B Squadron 3/4 Cavalry Regiment also had volunteers who were wonderful," Dorothy told Big Rigs.
Dorothy said Jarred Moeder, 11, who is in remission from Burkitt's lymphoma, led the convoy on the back of a bike ridden by Leeroy Donovan of Townsville Custom Cycles and his dad Jason was given the honour of being lead truck driver after raising the most money.
NQX had the most convoy trucks with 19, followed by BP Reliance and Followmont with 11.
Sponsors were Prime Movers, Westco Trucks, Mack/Volvo, Big Boy Truck Wash and Toyo Tyres.
One of the oldest trucks in the convoy was a red 1972 model International.
At the showgrounds every truck driver got into the driver's seat for the Masterblast Horn Blowing Contest.
"They really made some noise and that was in memory of truckies and bike riders who are no longer with us," Dorothy said.
She also paid tribute to young dancers Mini Allstars and Top Guns, which are the North Queensland Cowboys NRL side's junior cheerleaders.
In the 2011 convoy there were 153 trucks and a year earlier the figure was 120.
Organisers were glowing in their praise for the generosity of trucking companies, small fleet operators and owner drivers and everyone involved.
They are aiming to attract more than 200 trucks in the 2013 event.