FERGUS, Ont. - The folks at NAL Insurance boasted one of the busiest booths at this year's Fergus Truck Show, where thousands of chicken wings were fried up to satisfy hungry show attendees. But the b...
FERGUS, Ont. – The folks at NAL Insurance boasted one of the busiest booths at this year’s Fergus Truck Show, where thousands of chicken wings were fried up to satisfy hungry show attendees. But the booth was able to satisfy more than just the appettites of show visitors, as NAL was able to raise more than $25,000 for the Make-a-Wish Foundation.
“In our office alone there are three families who have had wishes granted,” said Aaron Lindsay, a transportation specialist with NAL. “The hope and happiness these wishes give to a terminally ill child is priceless. It was an easy decision to raise money for such a great cause.”
NAL and Make-a-Wish, along with Truck News and other sponsors, collaborated at the 2nd Annual Fergus Fundraiser to raise money for 68 children who are awaiting wishes across southwestern Ontario and Canada. The fundraiser included a draw for more than $5,000 in prizes, including an LCD TV, barbecue, fireplace, cash, and fuel.
“The goal of this event was for NAL to give back to the children whose lives have been altered by a terminal illness,” Lindsay said. “However, with the support of some of the biggest names in the trucking industry, we actually created a program to help an industry give back. Without the support of everyone from individual drivers to trucking companies this would have never been possible.”
The Trucking For Wishes sponsor trailer was also a prominent feature at the show, greeting visitors as they pulled into the main parking lot. The trailer was built to travel to truck shows across Canada to generate money for Make-A-Wish.
Lindsay said the best part of the show was talking to people who have been involved with Make-A-Wish. “I had no idea the number of people who have a child or know of a child who has had their life changed by Make-A-Wish,” Lindsay told Truck News.
Lindsay also sends out a big thank-you to the event’s diamond sponsors which include the TA truck stop for donating and cooking 50,000 chicken wings, Southwood Graphics for designing the 53-ft. Trucking For Wishes Make-A-Wish sponsor trailer, and Action Trailer Sales for donating a trailer for one year. The Trucking For Wishes sponsor trailer is still available to be booked for truck shows in the fall and spring. Those interested in having their tractor attached to the sponsor trailer can contact organizers at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more pictures of the event visit www.truckingforwishes.com.