KAMLOOPS, B.C. – It’s not just large fleets that are doing their part to help those displaced by wildfires in Northern Alberta; small fleet owners are digging into their pockets as well.
And now a challenge has been issued for more to do so. Larry Hall, vice-president of the Western Professional Truckers Association and owner of truck fleet ExTrans, said he’s making a $5,000 donation through the Red Cross and he is calling on other drivers, owner/operators and small fleet owners to do likewise.
“I believe that either directly or indirectly, all of us in the industry have benefitted from Fort McMurray,” Hall told Truck West. “From company drivers to owner operators, companies large and small, industry suppliers: truck sales, trailer sales, parts, tires, fuel and so on, the list of beneficiaries is endless – Fort Mac has given far more than she has taken from us and it is now our obligation to give back.”
He suggested an organized fundraising campaign that would see company drivers chip in $100, owner/operators $500 and operating companies $5,000. He made a $5,000 donation to get the ball rolling.
The Alberta and federal governments have both offered to match contributions made through the Red Cross.
“I am asking all in the industry to really think about what you can do monetarily and dig deep; your cash donation will be times three with the Alberta and federal governments matching your pledge.” Hall said. “With glowing hearts we will see thee rise.”