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Help ease the Brisbane Convoy for Kids load

Posted: 5am 17 May 2022

Planning for this year’s Brisbane Convoy for Kids is in top gear and organisers are looking for sponsors and volunteers to help ease the load.

They’re also looking for trucks to join the convoy from Larapinta to the Redcliffe Showgrounds on November 5.

Brisbane Convoy for Kids Treasurer Leanne Prince says organisers are hoping to beat last year’s total of more than 600 trucks taking part, raising about $100,000 raised for children’s hospice Hummingbird House.

“We had a great response from everyone. It will be bigger this year with more entertainment which will carry on after the fireworks to encourage people to spend the night locally in Redcliffe,” Leanne says.

Sponsors are needed in a range of areas to make the event a success – everything from truck show categories to the entertainment.

“We’ve had a bit of everything so far and we’re filling truck show categories very fast,” Leanne says.

She says amazingly 20 trucks have already registered for the convoy, with six months still to go before the event.

“The interest from people this year … everybody’s keen, we’re getting a lot of interest early,” she says.

Volunteer your time

About 100 volunteers are needed to run the event, 12 just to marshal the trucks and get them off the road and into the Redcliffe Showgrounds as quickly as possible.

Two marshals, Zak Dinning and Chris Hollis, have been volunteering their time since 2010 – starting out as a couple of kids who have since grown into men with families of their own.

Volunteers are also needed on the gate, merchandise stall, to help set up (on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday), pack down (on Sunday), to distribute water, cook the barbecue, and for stage management, bar work, cleaning and more.

Volunteers can register online for as little as one hour – every bit helps.

Huge entertainment line-up

For those who thought organisers couldn’t better James Blundell, who headlined last year’s Family Fun Day at Redcliffe Showgrounds, Leanne has exciting news.

“He was so well-received we thought we have to go bigger and better,” she says.

Entertainment this year includes country music star Adam Brand along with Matt Cornell, Jason McGregor and Hemi Music.

There will also be live auctions, food stalls, interactive displays and stalls, free children’s rides, children’s entertainment, face painting, animal petting, magic shows, and night lights and fireworks displays.

The event also includes a Truck Show, with participants competing in a range of categories to be the best in their class.

Tickets are available online and cost $20 for adults, $10 concession, $5 children (4-16 years). Entry is free for children aged three years and younger.

Get involved

For locals wanting to decorate their homes and businesses along the route, this year’s colour is maroon.

Northside Diesel and Northside 4x4 are sponsoring the flags for this year’s event.

Anyone wanting to order a flag can do so now via the website.

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