ON THE ROAD: Tonia, Cara and Andrew Voigt with Merv MacDonald and Adele MacDonald supporting Team Ryan in the 2013 esCarpade for Camp Quality.
ON THE ROAD: Tonia, Cara and Andrew Voigt with Merv MacDonald and Adele MacDonald supporting Team Ryan in the 2013 esCarpade for Camp Quality. Tom Threadingham

Camp Quality convoy rolls into Peace Lutheran School

HORNS and sirens blaring, a convoy of colourful cars rolled through Gatton and onto the grounds of Peace Lutheran School.

Students cheered as about 70 cars rolled onto their oval and a range of special fictional characters stepped out to say hello.

The convoy's visit was part of the 2013 esCarpade for Camp Quality.

The day took on an extra special meaning, and was close to many hearts, with students wearing green in honour of former Peace Lutheran student Ryan Voigt, who sadly lost his battle with cancer in late 2012.

Taking pride of place at the front of the convoy was the green ute of Team Ryan with father Andrew behind the wheel. Andrew Voigt, Paul Kemp (from Murgon), Darren Dennis (from Lismore) and Geoff Johnston (from Ipswich) are all part of Team Ryan.

Entering for the first time, Mr Voigt said it was a great opportunity to not only honour his son but also to support Camp Quality, which had been a helping hand in times of need.

"It's in memory of my son who lost his battle with cancer, so it's pretty special in that way," Mr Voigt said.

"I'm a team member and here for my son, to have some fun and to raise money to help others who are dealing with similar issues we dealt with.

"The roads are bumpy and dusty, but we are going all right so far."

Peace Lutheran principal Genevieve Clark said it had been a great opportunity for students to learn about Camp Quality while also getting the chance to honour Ryan's memory.

"It's a fabulous opportunity for the children to heighten their awareness of Camp Quality and the amount of people living with cancer," she said.

The group started its journey in Bundaberg on Saturday, October 12, and is expected to finish this Saturday in Wollongong.


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