Geelong Convoy for Kids a ‘smashing success’

The organisers of the Camp Quality Geelong Convoy for Kids have proclaimed the event a “smashing success” – with funds raised now at almost $200,000.  

Yesterday marked the ninth year of the charity event, which supports children with cancer and their families – and it was the first time since the pandemic that the family fun day and Show ‘n’ Shine was able to return.  

Sandie Hall, the convoy’s General Manager of Revenue, told Big Rigs: “When we count up merchandise sales and everything, we reckon we’ll have raised well over $200,000.  

“That’s so much more than last year, and given it’s such a tough economic climate, we’re just overwhelmed by everyone’s generosity.”  

Image: Geoff Colson Photography

Over 200 trucks took part in the convoy, which started and finished at Beckley Park, taking in Lara, Corio, Waurn Ponds and Geelong.  

The convoy was led by driver Nick Cross, who was part of a group that raised a whopping $17,665 in donations.  

Cross’ group was fundraising in honour of Laylah Mitchem, a four-year-old girl who was diagnosed with Cell B acute lymphoblastic leukaemia in August.  

Laylah is undergoing chemotherapy at the moment but was able to attend the event on the day, and Hall said she had a great time.  

“We had around 200 Camp Quality kids and their families come along on the day,” Hall continued. 

“Some of them went on the convoy itself, on a bus. Others just enjoyed the day, and we had face painting and rides and they had their own special VIP area in a quieter spot.  

“Being able to give the kids a break from cancer and introduce them to this wonderful world of people who care so much about them was really special.”  

Image: Geoff Colson Photography

Although the show was more about fun and fundraising than competition, there were a few awards handed out on the day.  

PrixCar services, who brought approximately 20 trucks along on the day, won Best Fleet, while Truck of the Show also went to Nick Cross’ Kenworth.  

For more pictures and the full list of winners, keep your eyes peeled for the next print edition of Big Rigs.  


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