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Hastings Deering backs Brisbane convoy for kids

Leading Cat® dealer supports leading kids’ cause

Queensland Cat® Trucks dealer Hastings Deering has once again thrown its valuable support behind the Brisbane Convoy for Kids charity drive.

Hastings Deering Cat Trucks was a strong advocate and supporter of the 2013 convoy and had no hesitation in generously backing the 2014 event which will be held in Brisbane on Saturday, November 1.

“Convoy for Kids is a fabulous initiative of the road transport industry,” said Hastings Deering Cat Trucks dealer principal Gary Johnson, “and like everyone else involved in this wonderful event, we’re more than happy and proud to play our part in doing something for kids who need help.”

Hastings Deering Cat Trucks will this year sponsor several awards including the Best Cat Truck and Best Night Lights presentations as well provide significant prizes such as a coveted Cat Merchandise Pack and Cat Truck model as well as supply hundreds of stubby coolers and key rings.

Hastings Deering will also pay the $55 registration fee for each Cat truck entered in the convoy and 50 percent of the profit from all sales at a retail stall at the event will go to Convoy for Kids.

Brisbane Convoy for Kids organiser and treasurer Leanne Dinning said she is overwhelmed by the willingness and generosity of Hastings Deering Cat Trucks to this year’s event.

“The support from everyone at Hastings Deering and Cat Trucks has been phenomenal,” she commented. “Truly, their commitment to the success of this year’s convoy has been fantastic and many kids will benefit from it.”

Leanne said the 2014 convoy hopes to raise up to $70,000, with expectations that a new entry record will be set with upwards of 400 trucks and high numbers of utes and other vehicles taking part.

“This is the fifth year in a row that Brisbane Convoy for Kids has been run in its current format but Australia’s first Convoy for Kids was actually run in Brisbane 24 years ago,” Leanne explained.

The 78 kilometre journey runs the full length of Brisbane, starting at 9.30 a.m. from Land Transport’s depot at Heathwood on Brisbane’s south side and concluding a few hours later at Redcliffe Showgrounds where barbecues, stalls and entertainment are planned for the remainder of the day.

As in previous years, there will be several beneficiaries of the 2014 convoy including the Redcliffe and Beenleigh Special Schools, Riding for the Disabled, and a two year-old boy named Braxton from Dalby whose grandfather, Shayne Coyne, is a regular driver at Convoy for Kids.

“Braxton has a brain tumour and he needs to go to the US for special treatment,” Leanne said, “We’re hoping to help with some of the travel costs. He’s a great little kid and we just want to do our bit to help.”

Confirming the support of Hastings Deering and Cat Trucks national distributor Navistar Auspac to the current and future success of Brisbane’s Convoy for Kids, Gary Johnson concluded, “This is a great industry and this is a great cause. Like I said, we’re all just proud to play our parts.”

Further information on the 2014 Brisbane Convoy for Kids can be found on the website http://www.brisbaneconvoyforkids.com.au/.

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