For over 65 years, The Hervey Bay Local Ambulance Committee’s annual Ambulance Goods Wheel has been held on the Scarness foreshore over the Christmas holidays. Last year, due to Covid, the wheel came to a halt. This year the wheel will return. The event will run from Saturday, December 18 through to January 8.
The evenings have become a tradition for many local families and holidaymakers. The event is held nightly from 7 pm, (except on Christmas Day).
A certain allocation of tickets are sold before the wheel is spun.
Tickets are just 50 cents each. All winning ticket holders get to choose their own prize from the huge range on display. Prizes may include toys, kitchen and homewares, small electrical items, camping, gardening, fishing and auto items, Manchester, skateboards, scooters, and pool toys and so much more. All prizes are sourced and purchased locally by the Hervey Bay LAC.
In previous years Santa has even made an appearance.
The Ambulance Goods Wheel could not run without support from local Service Clubs and groups, who volunteer their time to sell tickets over the three weeks the Wheel is held. In the past, these have included the Rotary Clubs of Hervey Bay City and Hervey Bay Sunrise, Fraser Lions, View Club, Hervey Bay Lions, Zonta, Hervey Bay Councillors & Bendigo Bank.
Proceeds from the Goods Wheel supports Queensland Ambulance through the Local Ambulance Committee.
The LAC have planned to run as Covid safe an event as possible with a few changes this year, as follows:
- There will be no seating provided this year!
- All patrons are to bring their own chairs and/or picnic blankets etc.
- Hand sanitiser stations will be provided.
- QR Codes to register attendance
- Children are to stay with parents/guardians and not gather at the front of the stage area.
- A limited number of prize winners will be allowed on the stage at one time.
The Hervey Bay Ambulance Goods Wheel is the only one still running in Queensland! So come on down, bring your folding chairs and 50 cent pieces and join in the fun. If luck is on your side, you may just take home a prize or two.