Convoy of courage for kids with cancer

Truck and motorcycle convoy raises money for Camp Quality

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SMILE FOR THE CAMERA: Hundreds of trucks turned out to support Camp Quality in a convoy held in Geelong, Vic.

SMILE FOR THE CAMERA: Hundreds of trucks turned out to support Camp Quality in a convoy held in Geelong, Vic.

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Trucks and motorbikes converge to raise money for Camp Quality

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Earlier this month hundred of trucks and motorbikes hit the road to raise money for children's charity Camp Quality.

Driving in convoy Geelong, the event culminated with a show and shine at Avalon Airport.

Aftermarket truck and trailer parts company, Truckline, sponsored the event, joining principle event partner Viva Energy in raising funds for Camp Quality.

Truckline territory business manager Casey Stewart said the event held a special meaning for her and her family, following the sad loss of her niece to childhood cancer at just five years of age.

"It's been a wonderful day with drivers, riders and members of the public coming together to raise money for Camp Quality," she said.

"I'm proud that Truckline has again supported this event. It was a terrible tragedy for my family when we lost my niece and I know the value of supporting other families living with cancer.

"Camp Quality is an incredible organisation that does so much for children growing up with cancer and their families. The programs and services offered to these children and their parents and siblings have a lasting impact and are such a great help through such a difficult time."

Camp Quality state manager for Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia Kendra Overall said continued support from Viva Energy, Truckline and other sponsors ensured a successful event that focused on raising as much money as possible.

"More than 120 trucks and motorbikes participated today and, thanks to the support from our sponsors, we can ensure all funds raised will directly help children aged 0 to 13 impacted by cancer, whether it is their own diagnosis or someone they love, like a brother, sister, mum or dad, we are there for them through the daily ups and downs of cancer," she said.

"We create opportunities for the kids to be kids again: in-hospital, at home, at school and away from it all."

Ms Overall said while it was too early to put an exact figure on the amount raises, contributions were significant.

"Over $50,000 was generated across all the different ways that the community supported us, whether via the generosity of our principal sponsor, registrations, auctions and on the day activities. The drivers and rides also contributed considerably themselves through their family and friend supporting their participation," she said.

"This goes a long way to allowing us to provide children the opportunity to participate in our program and services."

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