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Truckies go all out for Adelaide Convoy for Kids

Truckies from all over Australia converged in Adelaide over the weekend for the city’s inaugural Camp Quality Convoy for Kids. 

Over 150 trucks hit the streets to show support for kids facing cancer and their families, bringing smiles to everyone’s faces and fundraising over $138,000. 

Camp Quality’s general manager of Revenue, Sandie Hall, said she was delighted with how the event turned out.  

“Right from the get-go, the Adelaide community has been supportive, welcoming and generous.  

“They came together and celebrated and it was just a really great day, and a great indicator of the values of the trucking community.  

“Our fundraising target was $90k and we’ve smashed that. When you factor in the raffle, merchandise and other donations we’re likely to get up around $140k overall.”  

The expert panel of judges (Camp Quality kids) named this rig from The Truck Factory Best Presented Truck.

Local transport operator Craig Arthur was given the honour of leading the convoy after raising an impressive $29,648 in donations. 

“We want to support Camp Quality as it is something that is all very close to our hearts,” Arthur said.  

“We have all been close to someone that has battled cancer, whether that be a child or an adult.  

“Showing off our trucks at the convoy was a real highlight, but we were most excited about bringing joy to kids and their families.”  

Best Presented Fleet was awarded to Trimboli Contracting.
Image: Down the White Lines Truck Photography

Two “People’s Choice” awards were also handed out on Saturday, decided by an expert panel of three Camp Quality kids.  

Best Presented Truck was awarded to The Truck Factory, while Best Presented Fleet went to Trimboli Contracting.  

Female truckies were also well represented at the convoy, with Camp Quality teaming up with Women in Trucking Australia. 

“Women in Trucking Australia reached out to us to organise this convoy, and I really have to thank them,” Hall continued.  

“They really eased our introduction to Adelaide and the community, and helped us park the trucks on the day.”  

All lined up – an aerial shot from the day. Image: Robbie Adams

Hall said the event meant a lot to the Camp Quality families that were there, as well as participants from the transport industry.  

“We always say that when these families look back on their cancer experience, there should be moments of laughter and fun.  

“That’s what Camp Quality is about – giving them moments to connect and memories together, in what is a really tough time.

“Cancer doesn’t discriminate. It impacts every community, including the trucking community.  

“It’s amazing that everyone came together to support the event in such a big way.”  

The money raised over the weekend will go towards funding retreats for families affected by cancer, giving them a chance to enjoy some time together and recharge.

“We’ve raised enough money to fund those retreats for a year, so we’re really happy.”

The Camp Quality crew are already looking forward to coming back next year.  

“We’re already received about 20 expressions of interest for a 2025 event,” Hall said.  

“We’ve definitely got a lot of enthusiasm and support and we can’t ask for more than that.”  

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