It’s Fall in Canada and as sure as the leaves are changing colour, Canada’s truck drivers are taking to the road to support important causes. Convoys have been held in recent weeks right across this country, with professional drivers raising funds for Special Olympics and cancer care and prevention.
Trucks roll in the Saskatchewan leg of the World’s Largest Truck Convoy for Special Olympics.
Our assistant editor Sonia Straface filed a recap of this year’s convoys for the November issue of Truck News, which will be out in a few days. Till then, here are the highlights:
In Saskatchewan on Sept. 13, 57 truck drivers combined to raise more than $39,000 for Special Olympics.
Also on Sept. 13, Paris, Ont. played host to the annual World’s Largest Convoy for Special Olympics. A total of 89 drivers took part, raising $108,000. In the 10 years this convoy has been held, drivers have raised $528,000 for Special Olympics.
In New Brunswick on Sept. 6, the Convoy for Hope – Atlantic ran its fifth event. A total of 23 trucks participated, raising more than $22,000 for cancer education, prevention, research and treatment in Atlantic Canada.
On Sept. 6 in Prescott, Ont., more than $15,000 was raised by 12 drivers taking part in Trucking for a Cure.
Trucking for a Cure, Ontario West was held in Woodstock, Ont. on Oct. 4, with more 67 drivers contributing more than $70,000 towards cancer causes.
Out east, Ice Road Trucker Alex Debogorski took part in the World’s Largest Truck Convoy Sept. 20. He was joined by 152 other truckers who collectively raised nearly $70,000 for Special Olympics.
Not enough for ya? Okay, in Manitoba an incredible 190 trucks took part in the World’s Largest Truck Convoy, raising close to $60,000 for Special Olympics.
Want more, yet? Okay, in Grande Prairie, Alta., 305 truck drivers took part in a convoy, raising more than $143,000 for Special Olympics. The convoy stretched some 13 miles.
That’s more than a half-million dollars raised this year alone for great causes thanks to truckers and their fundraising efforts. Next time someone gets on truckers, remind them of that.
James Menzies is editor of Truck News magazine. He has been covering the Canadian trucking industry for more than 15 years and holds a CDL. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter at @JamesMenzies. All posts by James Menzies