Coach company pitches in for Fraser Coast Convoy

By: Graham Gardiner


It’s a part of Queensland that’s better known for its whale watching cruises, but the tourist centre of Hervey Bay

It’s a part of Queensland that’s better known for its whale watching cruises, but the tourist centre of Hervey Bay came alive when vehicles of all shapes and sizes travelled from Maryborough for the annual Fraser Coast Convoy for Kids.

Held this year on July 11, the Convoy is one of the largest fund-raising events on the Fraser Coast calendar.

It was early morning start for the drivers as they assembled at Maryborough Airport where the local Rotary Club cooked up a sausage sizzle breakfast.

The kids were particularly excited, especially with the arrival of Luke, the Leukaemia Bear.

Then it was time for the convoy, which wove through the streets of Maryborough before heading off on the 35 kilometre trip to Hervey Bay.

Crowds gathered by the roadside as the array of vehicles made its way to the final destination of Seafront Oval, Pialba.

Although the convoy consisted mainly of trucks, bikes and hotrods, Maryborough-based G&D Ross kept the coach flag flying.

According to convoy organiser Jack Chapman-Taylor, a former coach driver himself, G&D Ross has been involved in the Fraser Coast for the past six years.

"They’ve normally got around 10 or 12 coaches in the convoy, but many were away on work this weekend," Jack says.

All monies raised on the day went to the Leukaemia Foundation and Angel Flight Australia.

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