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Manitoba leads the way in Western Canada truck convoy fundraising efforts for Special Olympics

WINNIPEG, Man. – The 2016 World’s Largest Truck Convoy rolled around Winnipeg’s Perimeter Highway, with nearly 200 trucks taking part and raising more than $62,000 for Special Olympics.

Darren Anderson, manager of Law Enforcement Torch Run and regional fundraising, said that 30 of the trucks that were part of the convoy were from Bison Transport, and the Winnipeg, Man. company easily took home the honors of ‘Most Trucks Entered.’

Manitoba Trucking Association (MTA) executive director Terry Shaw said it was important to raise money and awareness for Special Olympics Manitoba.

“Being able to connect that to a celebration of the trucking industry in Manitoba makes the event even more special and one that the MTA is a proud supporter of,” Shaw said.

Several MTA members took part in the convoy, as did a large segment of its non-driving members who showed up to help stage trucks, prepare meals and set up for the event. MTA employees also help year round as part of the convoy’s organizing committee.

Saskatchewan also celebrated 10 years of the World’s Largest Truck Convoy in the prairie province.

Taking place Sept. 10, the convoy made it’s way from Saskatoon to Regina and raised $17,000 for Special Olympics Saskatchewan.

Drivers taking part in the convoy enjoyed a breakfast in Saskatoon and celebration barbecue in Regina.

Lorrie Sitler, coordinator of the Alberta Law Enforcement Torch Run, said $10,000 was raised for Special Olympics Alberta during the Sept. 17 truck convoy in Calgary, Alta.

This year’s convoy started and ended at Rosenau Transport in the southeast part of the city, where a barbecue was help following the event, as well as a live performance by country singer Mary Ann Oxtoby.

Sixty-one drivers took part in the Alberta convoy, with funds being used to support sports programs in the Calgary area, which will help 1,600 Special Olympic athletes in the municipality.

B.C. did not hold a truck convoy event this year.

World's Largest Truck Convoy in Calgary, Alta.

World’s Largest Truck Convoy in Calgary, Alta.

Derek Clouthier

Derek Clouthier

A university graduate with a degree in English, I have worked in the media industry as an editor, reporter and now as editor of Truck West. I have several years of management experience in journalism, as well as hospitality, but am first and foremost a writer, both professionally and in my personal life, having completed two fiction novels. @DerekClouthier
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