Well, since the Apex Club decided in May 2009 to re-build our old catering van, we have slowly chipped away at pulling the old van apart (the easy bit), and then building the new one (the hard part). The project was part funded with a grant of approximately $4,000 from the Foundation for Regional and Rural Renewal (FRRR) and a $4,000 grant from the Renmark Paringa Council. Local businesses also assisted us with donations of certain items.
The total cost of the new Catering Van was approximately $15,000 (not including labour). We re-used the original chassis and axles of the old caravan, and built the new frame on top. The van has been a long time coming, and when it was delivered on Thursday night after having the stickers applied, the members were very impressed.
Its first event was Friday night, at the Renmark High School’s Spring Fair. We received a lot of good feedback about the van, but more importantly is was a pleasure to work in, and we could all stand up straight (first time in the van…) In 3 hours we cooked nearly 200 buckets of chips and nearly 700 donuts. Six members worked in the van in comfort, rotating through different jobs all night.
Its second outing was Sunday night, at the Leukaemia Foundations ‘Light the Night’ event in Renmark. In 3 hours we cooked over 80 buckets of chips and sold around 50 hotdogs.
Below are some photos of the new Catering Van.