SYDNEY CONVOY FOR KIDS: The best trucks for the best cause
THE Convoy for Kids Sydney, one of the must-see trucking events of the year, returns this weekend promising to be bigger and better than ever.
Despite the disruption to the regular traffic, it's always greeted with a cheer because every cent raised goes to help a variety of children's charities.
"It's all for the kids," Convoy for Kids Sydney president Ian Shaw said.
"It's always a big day, but this year it'll be even bigger as we're hoping for around 1000 trucks.
"We've placed large banners at strategic roadside locations on Sydney's west and south-west, and we are distributing thousands of flyers advertising the event," he said.
"As soon as the 2017 Convoy concluded, work began on planning the 2018 event..
"It's a big one day event that starts out almost from dawn at Huntingwood as trucks start assembling to run into Olympic Park."
You've just got to check out the gallery pages on the CfKS website to see the enormous variety and numbers of vehicles that take part.
Apart from hoping for high truck numbers this year, Ian Shaw said he expected there would be quite a few more cars involved, hopefully including some rather rare ones.
On board as major sponsors again for 2018 are Wales Truck Repairs of Smithfield and joining in for the first time as sponsors are Aussie Skips who service all of Sydney and the New South Wales south coast.
It's expected vehicles from both organisations will feature in the convoy.
The Convoy for Kids Sydney Inc was started in 1992 by a small dedicated group from the transport and associated industries who had a desire to help sick children.
Around 300 trucks ran in the first Convoy and some $10,000 was raised for the Royal Alexandria Hospital for Children.
Fast forward 27 years to 2017 and 700 trucks and vehicles of all sorts ran from Huntingwood into Olympic Park.
After a very big day of fund raising activities $99,900 was presented to the Newborn and Paediatric Emergency Transport Service for three new monitors for newborn babies.
In the nearly 28 years of annual CfKS events more than $2 million has been raised for the Sydney Children's Hospitals Network, NETS, Telstra Child Flight and NRMA's CareFlight.
And it's on again in 2018 with Sunday, October 21 the date not to forget.
CfKS Inc's dedicated volunteers have a huge day planned at Olympic Park with live music, loads of rides and amusements for the kids, including one that's making its first appearance in the country, hundreds and hundreds of trucks, cars and motorbikes of all shapes, sizes and sorts to check out, plus full catering so no one goes hungry.
Pre-registration is available on line via the Convoy for Kids Sydney Inc's website and Facebook page but trucks and other vehicles can register to take part at Huntingwood on the day but only up until about 7am.
"Why wouldn't you come to the 2018 Sydney Convoy?" Ian said.
"It'll have the best trucks in NSW on parade and on show, there'll be loads of entertainment and lots of fun to be had.
"And it is for a really good cause; it's all for the kids."