Friers Offshore Racing’s ‘Team Navy’ (www.teamnavy.com.au/friers-offshore-racing/) Transport Logistics Manager, Stephen Turner is used to hauling precious cargo - but instead of moving the ‘Team Navy’ Australian Championship Offshore Superboat this weekend, he’ll transport little Mackay Champion, Declan Roughsedge, in the annual ‘Konvoy 4 Kids’.
Konvoy for Kids raises money for Variety, ‘The Children's Charity’, which is dedicated to empowering children who are sick, disadvantaged or who have special needs to live, laugh and learn. The unconventional spelling of Konvoy has been adopted by the people of Mackay to mark the affection they feel for the important cause.
Over the past year, Variety Queensland had a positive effect on the lives of over 55,000 children in need, providing equipment and services with a value in excess of $2.8 million to families and communities.
“I’m looking forward to being involved in Konvoy 4 Kids, especially because it helps kids like Declan,” said Steve.
“I will be flying the flag for young Declan this weekend, with the support of Team Navy, Friers Offshore Racing and CAT.
“We hope to raise plenty of money for Variety Queensland and feed the money back into the Mackay community.”
Over the last four years, the Mackay Konvoy 4 Kids has made a significant positive difference to the community’s disadvantaged children.
The Mackay Special School was presented with a Hupine standing frame, which allows children who are confined to a wheelchair to assume a standing position - something able bodied people take for granted every day.
Another major contribution to the School was the presentation of a new Toyota Commuter bus, allowing the children to go on school excursions.
These items are very expensive and through the assistance of Variety Queensland and the involvement of the Transport Industry in Mackay, it would be extremely difficult for the school to afford such necessities.
In its fifth consecutive year, Konvoy 4 Kids is expected to be another successful event in 2013.
The event will take place on Sunday, 18 August - leaving from the Sarina Showgrounds at 10:00am sharp. The ‘konvoy’ will then arrive at the Mackay Showgrounds at approximately 11:00am, where a family fun day will be held until 3:00pm.
The fun day will feature free rides for the children, market stalls and food stalls. Nikki Power and her music students will provide entertainment throughout the afternoon.