Convoy helping kids

RAISING more than $70,000 for Camp Quality and Angel Flight, the Convoy For The Kids rumbled through Gippsland in March.

The Sale Lions Club donated $1000 to the cause, and a superb model truck for a raffle prize.

Back in Sale recently, committee members Ken Bennett and Connie Bridle said they were very appreciative of the donation.

“We do it every fourth year — this is our third time around,” Ms Bridle said.

“The trucking fraternity’s very generous, they all polish up their trucks and donate their time to come and support it.”

The East Gippsland convoy travelled to Lakes Entrance, where truckies and their families could enjoy a day out at the airfield, and a huge dinner and auction evening.

The local Convoy For The Kids has raised almost $200,000 over the last three events.

“This year, they paid $6500 to be the lead truck from Traralgon to Lakes Entrance,” Mr Bennett said.

“Another paid about $1000 for the run from the other side, for the 35 minute trip from Orbost to Lakes.”

Sale Lion Frank Birthisel, who built and painted the model truck, said it was rewarding to be involved.

“I’ve known Ken for 40 years, and been involved with driving trucks, and I thought it was a good idea for our club to donate the model, to raise money,” he said.

“The trucking industry’s really done some marvellous things, they get some poor press, but this is an occasion for them to come out and show how they are part of the community, and support the community in a big way.”

Keep an eye on the East Gippsland Convoy For The Kids Facebook page for more information.