A Scania tipper will lead from the front as part of fundraising drive for a serious strain of cancer that affects children.
It’s hoped the recently refurbished blue 1985 Scania 112 6×4 can lead a 200-strong cavalcade of trucks for Convoy For the Cure in Townsville on Sunday, May 30 with the support of truckies,
The Scania, dubbed the ‘Peoples’ Truck’ is the face of the public appeal in which members of the public can make a donation to the cause and get their name or logo on the side of the tipper body.
“In previous years this concept has been a great way of including Australians who are not truckies, but who want to make a contribution to the fundraising,” said Event Organiser Todd Martin.
The local Power100 radio station is promoting the event in the lead up and during the day.
Now in its sixth year, the Convoy For the Cure raises money to fund research to find a cure for kids with terminal brain tumours.
Money raised from previous Convoys For the Cure, according to Martin, have already led to breakthroughs by researchers in the treatment of childhood brain cancer.
“We can make a difference,” he said.
The historic truck is owned by Ross Gofton, a cane farmer who lives just outside Townsville.
A while ago he bought six Scanias on their retirement from the city council. The Scania 112 to be used in the Convoy has been repainted, has new seats, and is in generally very sound order despite having had 35 years on the road as a tipper.
The truck is now dedicated to static display and charitable activities and has been painted throughout in two-pack paint.
The cab is finished in Scania blue, with a red chassis. The tipper body is pristine in glowing white, which will help set off the sponsor logos.
The cavalcade of trucks rolling through Townsville will exceed 15 km at its peak, with all trucks massing in a park outside town before dispersing. Some trucks are expected from as far away as the Northern Territory.
Scania Australia, and its independent authorised service and parts dealer in Townsville, Honeycombes Sales and Service, will make a sizeable donation to the Convoy For The Cure.
Honeycombes’ Kevin Jones said the business was very pleased to be partnering with Scania to support the worthy cause, and to have a Scania at the head of the convoy.
“We’re seeing an increasing number of new Scanias on the road in the region and so it’s good to be able to have a heritage model involved in the convoy. The event has been running for five years and is always well patronised and attracts a lot of attention in the town,” said Jones.
“We hope that the appeal of the peoples’ truck will result in a strong flow of donations to support this very important charitable cause.”