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The Industry That Keeps On Giving

Despite the times, I'm happy to report that goodwill and generosity are alive and well in the land of the big rig. Case in point, we've teamed up with Chevron for the past three years to organize a ch...




Despite the times, I’m happy to report that goodwill and generosity are alive and well in the land of the big rig. Case in point, we’ve teamed up with Chevron for the past three years to organize a charity golf tournament. It has sold out each year and all of the proceeds have been donated to a very worthwhile cause.

Along comes 2009 and I was skeptical that we’d get the sponsorship support needed in order to keep this event going. Out-voted by the golf committee (aka: Brenda, Kathy and Barb), they started making plans for the fourth edition. I am extremely happy to report that we are not only seeing past sponsors once again step up to the plate, but new ones have also been secured.

Maybe I shouldn’t have been so surprised. All of the proceeds are going to Trucking for Wishes a charity founded by NAL Insurance. It grants children who have life-threatening illnesses wishes that otherwise wouldn’t be possible. Proceeds from our tournament will go to granting a five-year-old boy named Cole his wish to go on a Disney Cruise.

Cole was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia when he was one year old. Over the next two years he spent almost 200 nights in hospitals, underwent 111 rounds of chemo, had four surgeries and 14 blood transfusions. His last round of chemo was Apr. 17, 2007 and if all goes well, he will be declared cured in April of 2010.

The tournament takes place Tuesday June 16 (12:30 shotgun start) at Wooden Sticks Golf Club in Uxbridge. We still have a number of foursomes that we must have filled by the end of May, so please go to our Web site golfingforwishes.com,to sign up and help us grant Cole’s wish. Sponsorship opportunities are available on the site as well.

I’d also like to mention another special event we have coming up. We are in the process of compiling our finalists for the Owner/Operator of the Year Award. Facilitated on behalf of our sponsors Freightliner,

Castrol and Goodyear, this award recognizes a guy or gal who, in addition to having a clean abstract, goes above and beyond the norm at work, home or in the community. Past winners have been little league coaches, volunteer fireman and mentors to the younger generation. If you know someone who should be considered, go to pg. 61 and return the form to the attention of Kathy Penner. The award will be presented at the Fergus Truck Show.

-Rob Wilkins is the publisher of Truck News and he can be reached at 416-510-5123.


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