Camp Quality Victoria spokeswoman Jo McKeown says the event started in 2015 with 252 participants and grew to 374 trucks and 40 motorcycles last year, raising more than $100,000.
“We’d really like to see bikes represented more strongly this year,” she says. “We are aiming for 200 bikes and 500 trucks to raise $150,000.”
The unusual combination of motorcycles and trucks in a charity convoy began in 2005 with the Illawarra Convoy in NSW. It attracted 100 bikes and 110 trucks, raising $47,978.70 for the Illawarra Community Foundation and Camp Quality Illawarra.
Last November’s Illawarra Convoy raised an astounding total of $1.8 million and attracted 1020 motorcycles and 720 trucks.
That gives hope to the organisers of the Victorian Convoy that the event will continue to grow each year.
The Victorian Convoy brings together the local transport industry, motoring enthusiasts and families from across Victoria for a common cause.
Camp Quality delivers essential services to local Victorian kids and their families living with cancer.
Jo says participation is usually driven by a family who have been touched by cancer.
“Our optimism and resilience-building camps are life-changing experiences for kids whose young worlds revolve around hospital and treatment,” she says.
“We are calling on all Victorian truck drivers and motorbike riders to get on the road to help us make these camps happen and help kids growing up with cancer be kids again.”
The motorbikes and trucks will depart from Avalon Airport on April 30 to travel in convoy to Tabcorp Park where a Family Fun Day for the whole community will be held.
Last year more than 3000 people attended the Family Fun Day and spectators lined the streets to wave on the convoy with flags.
The event’s auction of Lead Truck is a highlight, with trucks fundraising to become the leader of the convoy and have their truck featured in prominent display at the Family Fun Day.