Phillip Garret, the Lead truck winner for the camp quality convoy for cancer. He is from Wettenhalls in Colac
Phillip Garret, the Lead truck winner for the camp quality convoy for cancer. He is from Wettenhalls in Colac

Sick kids inspire convoy to grand total

A huge convoy of trucks and motorbikes showed plenty of drive to raise money for Camp Quality at the weekend.

The annual Camp Quality Geelong Convoy helps bring together generous transport companies with the aim of supporting kids facing cancer.

This year's event has so far raised almost $60,000 and the convoy of dozens of trucks and motorbikes was led by Phillip Garret, from Wettenhalls in Colac, who was part of the leading fundraising team.

Phillip Garret, the Lead truck winner for the camp quality convoy for cancer. He is from Wettenhalls in Colac
Phillip Garret, the Lead truck winner for the camp quality convoy for cancer. He is from Wettenhalls in Colac

The convoy travelled in a 50km loop from Richie Bros' auction house, before returning for a show and shine day.

Camp Quality gives kids facing cancer the chance to be kids again.

Its services and programs are made specifically to help children up to the age 13 who are dealing with their own diagnosis, or the diagnosis of someone they love, like a brother, sister, mum or dad.

Camp quality convoy for cancer event in Geelong.
Camp quality convoy for cancer event in Geelong.

In 2019, Camp Quality raised funds to help more than 7500 kids.

Geelong mother Jess Pobjoy knows how fundraising events such as the convoy help children facing a cancer diagnosis. Her daughter Olive was diagnosed with Burkitt's lymphoma when she was just four years old.

"The Camp Quality puppets helped Olive to talk and laugh and smile in hospital even when she hadn't for days," Ms Pobjoy said.

Camp Quality Convoy for cancer event in Geelong
Camp Quality Convoy for cancer event in Geelong

"Camp Quality brought joy into her life at the darkest time."

Deborah Thomas, who was recently appointed Camp Quality chief executive, attended her first fundraising event for the children's cancer charity and was joined by Vera Entwistle, who founded Camp Quality in 1984.

"Camp Quality is funded almost entirely off the generosity of everyday Australians and so many kids just like Olive have received the support they needed because of our convoy entrants and sponsors," Ms Thomas said.

"It's kids like Olive that inspire convoy participants to unite and hit their fundraising goals year after year.

"We sincerely thank everyone involved for their time and generosity."