WASHINGTON, D.C. — Alberta and Ontario will be part of the World’s Largest Truck Convoy tour which will attempt to crack the Guinness Book of World Records while raising money for the Special Olympics.
Law enforcement officers and truckers are taking part in the Sept. 24 tour which will include 35 states and two provinces. About 3,000 trucks are expected to take part in support of the Special Olympics, organizers say.
"Special Olympics has a way of bringing everyone together, setting aside differences and building atmospheres of acceptance," said Corp. Norm Schneiderhan, founder of the World’s Largest Truck Convoy. "The fact that Special Olympics can bring together law enforcement and truckers is a testament to how the athletes of Special Olympics are a true inspiration."
Schneiderhan came up with the idea of the large truck convoy in 2001 while working as special project coordinator for the Orange County Sheriff’s Office in Florida. The former truck driver wanted to bring attention to the trucking industry while raising money for a good cause.
Trucking companies and drivers who wish to participate in the convoy can visit the Web site at www.worldslargesttruckconvoy.com to view a registration package. A minimum donation of $100 per truck is required. Each leg will travel at least 30 miles, ending at a celebration site.
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