Chris works hard to lead the convoy pack

For a year, an inspired young man and his mum have been raising money with a charity goal in mind. KATE MEIKLE reports…

Chris Barac and his mother Joy Barac-Heath. Photo by Andrew Finch

Chris Barac and his mother Joy Barac-Heath. Photo by Andrew Finch

YOUNG truck driver and apprentice plumber Chris Barac and his mother, Joy, spent most of the past year raising funds with the goal of being the lead truck at the Convoy for Cancer Families event on January 31.

After participating in the convoy last year, which sees hundreds of trucks, buses and motorbikes convoy across the city raising funds to assist the ACT Cancer Support Group help local people with cancer, 24-year-old Chris was inspired to start his own fundraising mission to raise $5000.

Joy says that she and Chris steadily worked away at their goal over many months, asking their workplaces, friends and family to contribute. Joy organised fundraising events and raffles with her colleagues at the Therapeutic Goods Administration and with help from small businesses, it pushed them over the line to reach $5000 in November.

Joys says she was touched by the generosity of the community.

“A lot of work went into raising the money and asking businesses for donations for the raffles. It was a sometimes thankless job, but I told Chris that we had all year to do this – and we did it!” she says.

Joy says that Chris was thrilled to hear that his employers, Jomax Plumbing committed to donating half of what Chris raised, taking their total to over $7500.

“I am so proud of Chris,” says Joy.

“Deep down he is sensitive, always got your back and willing to help people,” she says.  

Chris is hoping that his efforts as an individual fundraiser will qualify him to take the top position as lead truck in the convoy.

“A lot of big companies generously donate huge sums to be the lead truck, so I told Chris we may not get there, but we might get to be in the top three,” says Joy.  

The ACT Cancer Support Group says Chris’ terrific efforts have earned him a place in the “lead pack” of the top 10 trucks. He will proudly display the logos of the 52 companies that donated to his efforts on the side of his truck.

Convoy for Cancer Families, supporting ACT Cancer Support Group, January 31. The convoy will depart from Beard Industrial Estate, near Oaks Estate on the ACT/NSW border and travel to Exhibition Park. More information at

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