THE Convoy for Kids Sydneyhas pulled off a greatday out as more than 400 trucks, cars and even motorbikes made their way down the M4 to Sydney Olympic Park, amid a sea ofsmiling faces on September 24.
Since its first convoy in 1992 the group has raised more than $2million to assist a number of causes, from children's hospitals to NRMA CareFlight and Telstra Child Flight.
This year, the group worked to raise funds to purchase a fully equipped ambulance, called NETS (Neonatal and pediatric Emergency Transport Service) to transport sick and needy children.
For treasurer Roslyn Anderson, the cause hit a little closer to home.
"It was only by becoming involved in raising money did I learn what NETS were and that my grandson used one when he was a newborn,” Roslyn said.
"We don't often realise an ambulance needs to be equipped to carry newborns to where they need to go, a normal ambulance is simply too big.
"Who knows what would have happened if that resource wasn't there.”
By all reports the day had a huge turnout of truck fans young and old starting early in perfect weather and ending with a breeze to cool things down.
Those held up by the passing convoy were also in high spirits.
"The regular traffic greeted us with plenty of cheers, because every cent raised goes to help a variety of children's charities,” Roslyn said.
"There were plenty of smiling faces in their cars as we drove past, there was just goodwill all around.”
There was the usual early start at the crack of dawn in Huntingwood quelled by copious amounts of coffee and once the line of trucks started firing they were all up and away.
"This was the first time we had some motorbikes involved, just that wonderful combination of bikes, cars all together is fantastic,” Roslyn said.
"It is always a sight to see hundreds of trucks in formation and absolutely no resistance from the everyday cars and bikes who were all sitting back watching the convoy go by.”
The organisers thanked the police, drivers and sponsors who got up early to pull off the magnificent day.
There were plenty of activities for the kids at the finish at Olympic Park, with remote-control trucks on display, dodgem rides being a favourite, plenty of shopping for kids and parents and entertainment from the Rock City Saints.
The date for the next convoy in 2018 will be confirmed soon so even if you missed out, be sure the fun will be on again soon.
The Convoy for Kids Sydney plans to back up the convoy with a Shop 'Til You Drop day out.
"The ladies love it and it is a great way to get all your Christmas shopping done,” Roslyn said.
The ticket price of $69 includes a tour of all the warehouses, a sit-down lunch and afternoon tea.
"It's well worth it, we get out and have a bit of fun.”
WHEN: Saturday, October 21. Pick-ups start at 7.15am.
WHERE: Departs from Penrith Panthers; St Marys RSL, Hall St, St Marys; 214Woodpark Rd, Smithfield.
CONTACT: pamcam1@ bigpond.net.au