CONVOY FOR KIDS SYDNEY 2021
Save The New Date: 20 March 2022
Convoy for Kids Sydney 2021 is rolling once again from
Huntingwood to the Hawkesbury Showground.
Registration Opening Soon
Watch this space!
The passing of Cherylene Chidgey
Convoy for Kids Sydney is very sad to report the passing of Cherylene Chidgey, the Convoy for Kids Committee Vice President.
28 years ago, Cherylene was invited to come along and help at a Convoy for Kids day and remained to run the registration desk ever since, even dragging her granddaughter along to help.
Cherylene served both as a volunteer committee member and more recently as Convoy Vice President. She was always ready to roll up her sleeves to raise a buck or three for the kids whether that was selling raffle tickets, chocolates or running a Bunnings BBQ.
On Convoy days and at Committee meetings, you would hear Cherylene’s laugh before you saw her. That laughter was infectious.
With the loss of Cherylene, we have lost the best onion chopper we ever had. Every Bunnings BBQ Cherylene would cut up 10 kilos of onions the night before to make sure we saved a few dollars on buying pre cut frozen onions. That way the Convoy could send every dollar we could “to the kids”.
At BBQs those who thought they were buying one sausage roll, often walked away with 2 or more because Cherylene could convince them that was what they needed. “The money went to the kids.”
Cherylene has left a gaping hole at Convoy for Kids Sydney and we know no-one was more disappointed than her when we had to postpone our 2021 Convoy until March 2022.
The March 2022 Convoy for Kids Sydney will be massive, and will be run in honour of Cherylene’s memory.
The Committee for Convoy for Kids on behalf of all Convoy participants, offers our deepest condolences to Dimity, Kirrily & Keyah Chidgey
We will remember Cherylene, we will miss her so very much, and we believe that if you listen carefully on Convoy Day, you will still hear her laughter.<
Our Major Milestones
Convoy for Kids Sydney (CFKS) was formed by Truck Drivers
Out of every 20 drivers, at least one had, had dealings with the Children’s Hospital. With the help of some small Companies and the TWU (NSW Branch), the first Convoy was formed. 300 trucks were involved, culminating in a Picnic Day at Luddenham, where there were Raffles, Auction and a sausage sizzle. The Convoy raised $10,000 for the Royal Alexandria Hospital for Children.
CFKS became aware of the NRMA CareFlight Helicopter Service, which not only transports adults, but transfers babies and children from as far away as Canberra and Western NSW, for urgent Medical treatment at both Children’s Hospitals. With growing Sponsorship from Franklins Ltd., Linfox, Australia’s Wonderland and TWU (NSW Branch), 610 trucks went from Camellia to Wonderland. Auction, Raffle, Static Displays and the model of the New Children’s Hospital at Westmead raised $40,000.
CFKS was now in its 3rd year and raised $72,000 for the Parent’s Waiting Room at the New Children’s Hospital at Westmead and NRMA CareFlight. 900 trucks took part in the day at Wonderland.
The 4th CFKS raised $90,000 for the Parent’s Waiting Room at the New Children’s Hospital at Westmead and NRMA CareFlight. Franklins Ltd. Donated a car for the Major Raffle. This was the first year inside Wonderland a crowds exceeded 16,000.
The 5th Anniversary was our JUMBO event. The lead truck transported an elephant on a low loader. 1,500 trucks left Camellia and drove to Wonderland. Franklins Ltd. And Natroads donated a Ford Festiva for the Major Raffle The day raised $100.000 for the Liver Transplant Unit at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead and NRMA CareFlight.
6th Anniversary saw 1,200 trucks leave Camellia and went to Eastern Creek Raceway. Over $60,000 was raised for the Rehabilitation Unit at Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick and NRMA CareFlight. Rural Fire Services assisted with parking, cooking and displays.
7th Anniversary saw 700 trucks leave Camellia and proceed to Eastern Creek Raceway. Rain preceded the event and kept numbers down. $55,000 was raised for the Rehabilitation Unit at Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick and NRMA CareFlight.
8th Anniversary saw 800 trucks leave Camellia and proceed to Wonderland. For the first time rain fell. The position of lead was auctioned and added $5,000 to the $60,000 raised for the Cranio-facial Unit at the New Children’s Hospital Westmead and NRMA CareFlight.
9th Anniversary was marked by a Family Fun Day at Luddenham Showground. Due to the Olympic Games we were unable to run the Convoy. $30,000 was raised for the Eye Department (for the purchase of a Ret-Cam) at the New Children’s Hospital at Westmead and NRMA CareFlight.
10th Anniversary was lead by a 4 Trailer Road Train, owned by Tony Turner, Orange and a Triple B Double owned by 1st Fleet. 600 trucks were part of the Convoy. The Convoy left Camellia and traveled to Wonderland. $53,000 was raised for the Eye Department (final payment on the Ret-Cam) and NRMA CareFlight.
11th Anniversary saw 700 trucks leave Huntingwood and travel to Sydney Olympic Park. Sydney Olympic Park is now the Official Home of Convoy for Kids Sydney Inc. Over $75,000 was raised for the Oncology Pharmacy and Diabetes Unit at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead and NRMA CareFlight.
12th Anniversary saw 900 trucks travel to Sydney Olympic Park. Over $80,000 was raised for the Surgical Department at the Children’s Hospital Westmead and Telstra ChildFlight. The Family Fun Day was a great success with entertainment by Adam Harvey and Lonnie Lee and the Leemen.
13th Anniversary saw over 500 trucks travel to Sydney Olympic Park. $45,000 was raised for Rett Syndrome Research and the Neurological Unit at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead and Telstra ChildFlight.
14th Anniversary saw over 300 trucks travel to Sydney Olympic Park. $45,000 was raised for a CRYOSTAT machine for the Children’s Hospital at Westmead and Telstra Child Flight.
15th Anniversary saw over 500 trucks travel to Sydney Olympic Park. $60,000 was raised for the purchase of a Haemodialysis Machine for the Renal Treatment Centre at Westmead Children’s Hospital and Telstra Child Flight.
16th Anniversary Convoy topped the MILLION DOLLARS raised for children’s charities. The purchase of a Beta Scintilliation Analyser for the Children’s Hospital Hospital at Westmead and a $15,000 donation to Telstra Child Flight.
17th Anniversary Convoy raised $75,000. The purchase of a Portable Ultrasound Device for the Children’s Hospital at Westmead and a $12,500 donation to Telstra Child Flight.
18th Anniversary Convoy raised $70,000 for the purchase of Equipment for NETS (Newborn & Paediatric Emergency Transport Service) and Telstra Child Flight.
19th Anniversary Convoy raised $58,000 for the purchase of Equipment for NETS and Telstra Child Flight. This was an Great amount due to torrential rain all day.
20th Anniversay Convoy raised over $70,000 for NETS and Telstra Child Flight.
21st Anniversary Convoy raised over $80, 000 for NETS.
22nd Anniversary Convoy raised over $60, 000 for NETS.
23rd Anniversary Convoy raised over $30, 155 for NETS.
24th Anniversary Convoy.
25th Anniversary Convoy
26th Anniversary Convoy
We raised and donated $99,900 to NETS for 3 new Tempus Pro monitors + 3 new Tempus LS Defibulators.
27th Anniversary Convoy
We raised and donated $63,000 which purchased a Terason Ultrasound Tablet – this one little device could save a life.
A fantastic turnout for the year with the bank balance growing towards another ambulance purchase
29th Anniversary Convoy
When: Sunday 1st November 2020
Where: Huntingwood to Hawkesbury Showground
Join us for a day full of family fun including Rides, Food Stalls, Displays, Auction, Monster Raffle, Truck viewing & more!
The 2016 Christmas in July was a great evening out for all concerned with tremendous support from our sponsors. A special thank you to Chas Clarkson who were kind enough to supply the throne for Santa. They have an incredible range of Christmas settings well worth looking at for your next event.