Convoy raises cash for sick kids
THE Albury-Wodonga transport community has come out in force to support the inaugural Country Hope Convoy for Kids, held at the border on the NSW Labour Day weekend.
Country Hope, established in 2002, provides country-based support for children in southern NSW and Riverina areas who are suffering from cancer and other serious illnesses, along with support programs for patients' families.
Early on October 5, the trucks mustered at Hovell Tree Park before firing up at 8.30am for a convoy through Albury. A total of 86 trucks made up the convoy, ranging from a week-old Kenworth T909 through to a 43-year-old Atkinson.
An appreciative crowd witnessed the trucks make their way up Dean St, with lights on and horns blaring.
Leading the convoy was Paul 'Basset' Booth, in Dawson's Kenworth T909, towing a Country Hope-liveried A-trailer, with the procession streaming the length of Albury's main street behind him.
The convoy made its way along Young and Mate Sts (the Hume Hwy before the bypass) before assembling at the Albury Showgrounds in Fallon St for a truck and car show and shine which brought more than 4000 people through the gate.
Country Hope area manager Nikki Grae was delighted with the event.
"We have raised over $10,000 out of the day," she said.