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Mackay truck convoy fundraiser sets new record

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Bring on the 15th anniversary event in 2024.

That was the call from Johanna Wood, co-ordinator of Mackay’s annual Konvoy 4 Kids event that raises money and awareness for Variey Queensland – the Children’s Charity after the massive turnout for the latest convoy at the weekend.

A record 194 vehicles turned up for this year’s event on Sunday August 13 from the Sarina to Mackay showgrounds – up from 136 in 2022 – with an estimated $20,000 raised for the local charity.

“The support of our sponsors is a huge, huge help to run the event,” Wood said.

“The other highlight for me is the community support, the people coming along to the Family Fun Day and all the entrants. We would have never imagined that we would have got to this sort of number for our small community event.

“We’re just proud that people are happy to support such a worthy cause.”

The event started in 2009 as part of the fundraising efforts by Wood’s parents Chubb and Madonna Stevens for the annual Queensland Variety Bash, which this year is travelling from Toowoomba to Cairns.

“Next year’s convoy event is going to be a really exciting year and hopefully we can crack that 200 mark,” said Wood, who has a tentative date of August 18 for the 2024 event.

For updates, and more pictures from the 2023 event, visit the Facebook page or event website.

The results of the 13 categories judged on the day were:

Pre 1980: K. Gees
1981-1990: R. Ikin
1991-2000: J. McCallum – Blenners Transport
2001-2010: A. Graham – WMT Transport
2011-2020: S. Gambrell – Parsons
2021-Current: R. Lamb – Lindsay Transport
Best Overall: Centurion
Best Prime Mover: B. McGahey
Best Tipper: D. McKeering
Best Rigid: Chaffey Power
Best Small Fleet <5: Emerald Carrying Company
Best Large Fleet >5: WMT Transport
Best Light Vehicle: J. Hobbs

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