Driving for big donations

TALES TO TELL: Danny Buderus and Mark Hughes will be at the Transport Awareness Day at Maitland Showground on Saturday.
TALES TO TELL: Danny Buderus and Mark Hughes will be at the Transport Awareness Day at Maitland Showground on Saturday.

The Newcastle and Hunter Transport Industry Awareness Day has always had as its primary aim is to break down the barriers between the community and the transport industry on the road while also giving back to the region it lives.

GOOD SAMARITANS: The Newcastle and Hunter Transport Industry Awareness Day group are proud to support local causes that benefit the community.

GOOD SAMARITANS: The Newcastle and Hunter Transport Industry Awareness Day group are proud to support local causes that benefit the community.

In 23 years the Transport Awareness Day has raised in excess of $1.4 million dollars that has all gone back into the Newcastle and Hunter region, with the Westpac Rescue Helicopter being its long-standing beneficiary.

With the community day set to have record crowds in 2017, the group is expanding its number of beneficiacies. 

This year the Mark Hughes Foundation, Ronald McDonald House Hunter Region and the Westpac Rescue Helicopter are set to benefit from the 2017 Newcastle and Hunter Transport Awareness Day.

This week is International Brain Tumour Awareness Week; the focus of the Mark Hughes Foundation.

The Mark Hughes Foundation (MHF) is a not-for-profit organisation formed in Newcastle by Mark and Kirralee Hughes following Marks diagnosis with brain cancer in 2013.

The Mark Hughes Foundation has been formed to raise much-needed funds to promote research, heighten awareness and support brain cancer patients (children and adults) and their families within the community.

Mark, along with long-time mate Danny Buderus, will be at the show from 10.30am to 11.30am to say hi and chat about the foundation as well as their recent trek to Mount Everest.

Ronald McDonald House Newcastle provides a “home away from home” to families of children receiving hospital treatment for serious and life threatening conditions – whether from disease, injury or a congenital condition.

They strive to provide an atmosphere where the familiar routines of home life can continue as much as possible through stressful and difficult times.  

Since opening its doors in 1991, close to 1000 families call Ronald McDonald House home each year.

Communal areas of the house are as much about sharing journeys as they are about sharing facilities, with families, staff and volunteers providing a caring and supportive environment.

“We are grateful for the continued support and good will of the wider community that ensures the house continues to make it possible for families to stay together at a time when they need each other the most,” said Ross Bingham, CEO Ronald McDonald House Northern NSW. 

“We are really looking forward to being a part of the show this weekend and are so very grateful for the support,” 

Ronald will also be making an appearance during the convoy as well as at Maitland Showground.

Each year the community's own Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service is on standby 24 hours a day to help save lives throughout Newcastle and the Hunter.

The familiar sound of the rescue helicopter’s blades is a welcome one for those in critical need but the service relies on support from the local community to continue to provide much-needed services.

Over many years this service has proved invaluable in its lifesaving assistance to the trucking industry; saving the lives of many local drivers – ensuring they return safely to their families.

The Transport Awareness Day began in 1994 as a way to educate the community about the role of the transport and logistics industry. 

Since then it has grown to become a major community event attracting thousands of people  to witness the parades and learn about safe road practices.