Mercy Sakes Alive, Looks Like We Got Us Some Convoys!

by Evan Lockridge

It’s the season for truck convoys and all the work that comes with them to raise money for charities.

In less than two weeks is the Trucking for a Cure Convoy in Woodstock, ON, that begins at the TA Travel Centre, Exit 230 off Sweaburg Rd. There will be a lot of pink on display…on people and trucks. 

According to organizers, Trucking for a Cure is a support group on behalf of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation-Ontario. The group is made up of professional organizations and individuals in the transportation industry.

Trucking For a Cure says it not only raises awareness and funds for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, but also builds bridges between commercial drivers, the industry, and the public at large, and hopes to unite trucking enthusiasts behind such a meaningful cause.

This convoy on Oct. 3 follows a sister event held last weekend in Prescott, ON, which made its inaugural run in 2014. Together the two events raised $75,000 last year, according to organizers.

Still to come is the World’s Largest Truck Convoy at the Paris Fairgrounds in Paris, ON, on Oct. 16 and Oct. 17.

Organizers describe the event as a celebration of the trucking industry and its support of the Special Olympics.

It was inspired by the World’s Largest Truck Convoy in 2001 in Florida, but has grown into a North America wide movement, with participation from more than 37 states and provinces over the years, according to organizers.

The Truck Convoy began in Southern Ontario in 2005 and has raised more than $530,000 for the Ontario Law Enforcement Torch Run for the Special Olympics.

“It is a one-day event in which law enforcement make special dispensation and escorts a convoy of trucks. Participants meet at a staging location and are escorted in convoy to a pre-determined destination, where they are welcomed by the Special Olympics community – athletes, families, friends, colleagues, Law enforcement officers, and the organizations, companies and agencies that make up the trucking industry,” according to the convoy website.

These are the latest in a number of truck convoys also benfiting the Special Olympics.

With 170 trucks, the one in Nova Scotia raised $75,000, while one in Manitoba had 202 trucks, also raising $75,000, according to the Owner-Operator’s Business Association of Canada.

The Saskatchewan event pulled in $30,000 with 70 trucks.

Even small events, such as the Convoy for Hope, which ran last weekend in New Brunswick, raised $24,000, according to OBAC, with just about two dozen trucks and 14 motorcycles and other fundraising events.

Photos courtesy of Trucking for a Cure.


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