By David Kavanagh | posted on August 30, 2019
THE Convoy for Kids charity truck drive will not be going ahead this year after three of the four main coordinators were struck by unforeseen medical issues.
Lead organiser Joe O’Malley, who has run the event annually since its Albany debut in 2017, said the issues came “out of the blue” within the span of two-and-a-half weeks.
“The convoy’s not happening this year. It’s unfortunate but it’s out of everyone’s control,” he said.
“We apologise to all those involved, including those people and businesses that donate their services or gifts to make Convoy for Kids a very large success.”
Mr O’Malley said the event would instead return on the second Sunday of September in 2020 and that this year’s intended recipient of all money raised, Albany PCYC, would again be the listed recipient.
He added more than 100 trucks from the region and elsewhere in the state participated in 2018’s weekend drive that raised $11,000 for upgrades to Albany Health Campus’ paediatrics ward.
“I would hope that everyone would come along and support it again next year,” Mr O’ Malley said.
“It’s always about giving back. I used to be a volunteer ambulance officer and a lot of that was due to the fact of me giving back what I’d been given in the first place.”
Although Convoy for Kids charity drives occur in every state around Australia, Albany’s Convoy for Kids is the only such event running in Western Australia.
According to Mr O’ Malley, it was originally founded in Perth in the mid-1990s.
“I thought why can’t we do it in Albany and make things better for Albany?” he said.