Convoy for kids showcases commercial vehicles in army

A cross-section of the vehicles that support the Australian Army earlier this month have taken part in the annual Brisbane Convoy for Kids.

A range of vehicles including Kenworth T909s, Mack Super-Liners, HX 81s, HX77s and the popular Hawkei, a four wheel drive protected mobility vehicle,  were on show .

The 7th Combat Service Support Battalion (CSSB) was represented by 15 trucks in all according to Lieutenant Michael Newman

“It took probably an hour and a half to get from the start point down near Forest Lake to here at Redcliffe Showgrounds,” he said.

“There were a lot of slow points, and there were a lot of smiling kids along the way, so there was plenty of time on the horn, which was good. So that was probably the best bit — a lot of smiles.”

Soldiers from the 5th Transport Support Squadron happily gave up their Saturday to support a fundraiser for Hummingbird House.

The Army trucks weren’t the only ones vying for space on Redcliffe Oval.

Civilian trucks of all makes and models traversed Brisbane for the charity fundraiser.

Sergeant Jason Sutherland had previously supported a convoy for kids in Sydney and was keen to get involved.

“Everything goes to Hummingbird house. A lot of the guys have got kids, a lot of people have experienced cancer,” Sergeant Sutherland said.

“My father has cancer as well, so it’s just good to do this and give back to the community,” he said.

“You also get to look at some awesome trucks, and it’s great to have any excuse to toot our horn driving down the road.”

Hummingbird House is Queensland’s only children’s hospice, providing care at the end of life for children with life-limiting conditions and their families.

Sergeant Sutherland is hopeful the support to the Brisbane convoy becomes an annual tradition.

“The convoy was excellent. It was amazing the amount of people who turned up. Hopefully 7 CSSB can continue supporting this event,” he said.

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