Convoy not possible without generosity of the industry
EVERY year Leanne Prince thinks the transport industry can't get any more generous and then the donations continue to come pouring in for the Brisbane Convoy for Kids.
This year's event was no exception and for the 10th year in a row, she was brought to tears watching the convoy drive into the Redcliffe Showgrounds.
"I can't help it, it happens to me as soon as I see them and hear the horns blowing, all I can think about is the washing and polishing that they've been doing to get ready (for the convoy)," Ms Prince, the convoy treasurer, said.
"And it's not just the drivers getting ready, it's a whole family event with the kids, wives even grandparents helping. It brings everyone together, the workers as well."
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Ms Prince said she was forever grateful to the Convoy sponsors and the generosity of the men and women of the transport industry and couldn't thank them enough for their contributions.
She said 580 trucks participated in the convoy, making it their biggest in their decade-long fundraising for children's hospice Hummingbird House.
"We couldn't do it without our sponsors of course, but we really couldn't do it without the men and women behind the steering wheel, they make Convoy what it is today."
Although final figures haven't been raised yet, Ms Prince estimated that they'd raised between $65,000 to $75,000 for Hummingbird House.
A family fun day was held after the convoy arrived at the showgrounds, with rides and local entertainment.
The Trailer of Hope, which launched at this year's event, was also a hit with punters. For just $20, people could pay to get their names on the trailer.