$90,000 raised by the Newcastle Road Transport Awareness Day

The Newcastle Road Transport Awareness Day celebrated its 20th Anniversary at the Newcastle foreshore with an attendance of more than 4,000 people and 110 trucks. Transport Awareness Day Chairman, Tony McGrath, said it was easy to see the growth of the day when you looked at funds raised over the years.

“When we ran the first event, we made a loss of $5,000, we were all successful transport operators, but not so much event managers,” said McGrath. “Yesterday we raised over $90,000, and we have now donated over $1.3 million in total to the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service to date.

“We’ll do it again, but we need help in order to make sure the event continues to grow. Everyone has something to offer, for instance, this year we needed more truck judges.”

The Newcastle Road Transport Awareness Day committee also extended their sincere thanks to Noelene Watson for her donation of a framed Australian Wallabies shirt from their tour against the British and Irish Lions. Watson won the shirt, signed by the full Wallabies team, at the recent 2013 Paccar & Dealer TMC.

The auction of the shirt was very popular, and eventually sold to Liz Fidler of Hip Pocket Workwear in Newcastle. She purchased the shirt as a gift for her husband Mark, who is originally from Leicester in England. 

“I'm a massive supporter of the Wallabies, except when they're against the British Lions,” said Mark Fidler. “It was a complete surprise to me, my wife got it for me as a Christmas present. I think it was a little tongue in cheek though!”

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