Big trucks from the Bega Valley and beyond will be shining bright for the Convoy for Kids and families with Cancer on Saturday, October 26.
This week truckies are bidding for first place in the motorcade which attracts around 100 vintage and working rigs to Bega to fundraise for the ACT-Eden Monaro Cancer Support Group.
Last year’s highest bidder, Bobbin’s Transport at South Pambula, is again leading the bidding war.
The convoy will leave north Bega at 11.30am, travelling through the township to the Bega Showground for a family fun day.
It is a driving experience that key organiser Adam ‘Diesel’ Twyford says is unforgettable.
“To see all the people in the street and know that you’ve raised money for some good kids and families is great,” he said.
“Times are tough, everyone is struggling, but the community is benefiting too, especially the groups who do things like the barbecue, the coffee and tea.”
His father-in-law Terry O’Brien (we can’t print his nickname) urged other local truck drivers come along for the ride, no matter what make or model truck.
“When I drive past the memorial gates in town and see the crowds lining the streets the hairs stand on the back of my neck stand up,” he said.
“The whole day is great fun, from the motorcade through Bega to the showground where we’ll pull up at about 4 or 5’o’clock followed by more ‘fellowship’ at the Commercial Hotel.”
“Truckies have a pretty bad image, and the media pounds us, but this is a great thing to do and we all have a great time,” Mr O’Brien said.
“The best part is that the money we raise wholely and solely stays in our area, we’ve given money to a little girl in Eden and we are grateful that we can help.”
Following the convoy the fun will continue at the Bega Showground.
For a $5 entry charge (children are free), there will be children’s amusements, a $500,000 truck simulator, the Harley Davidson truck, live music, a charity auction, vintage cars and machinery displays, giveaways, and refreshments.
Want to join in?
Truck drivers who wish to join the convoy can assemble at the Bega Cheese Factory in Ridge Street, Bega at 11am for an 11.30am start.
Cost is $30 for trucks to enter, $50 for a truck and trailer.
For a gold coin donation, members of the public can board a bus and ride in the convoy.
For more information call Adam Twyford on 0401 756 867, Terry O’Brien 0439 638 327 or Kim Hinde on 0417 427 613.