The biggest convoy of them all

PARIS, Ont. — The World’s Largest Truck Convoy is hoping for big results this fall when the event sets out to rais money in suport of the Special Olympics.

Last year, between Manitoba and Ontario, 100 truckers showed their support for Special Athletes and the two WLTC events generated $66,000 of support.

This year, the annual event will again be raising money for Special Olympians and three regions in Canada will be showing their support.

Ontario boasts Canada’s longest running WLTC event and the sixth edition of the convoy will be taking place on Sept. 18 at the Paris Fair Grounds. Registration will open up at noon the day before and there will be entertainment Friday evening.

“Entertainment begins at 6 p.m., Friday the 17th, with Eric Traplin; a well known children’s and adult entertainer with his own Rogers TV show,” says Tammy Blackwell, organizer for the Ontario WLTC. “A meal is provided free to all drivers attending Friday evening, while they await the results of our lead truck pledge count closing at 11 p.m.”

A breakfast will kick things off on Saturday at 6 a.m. and the convoy will leave the Paris Fair Grounds at 10 a.m., making it almost all the way to the Putnam scales before returning to Paris for lunch and some prizes.

“Last but not least we end the day with a ball game between Special Olympic athletes and drivers… A hoot and favourite time for all,” adds Blackwell.

For more information contact Tammy Blackwell at 519-577-2556 or tblackwell.paclease@kwtoronto.com.

Manitoba
The WLTC in Manitoba will run on Sept. 11. Registration will open at 8:30 a.m. at the Oak Bluff Recreation Centre and the convoy is set to roll at 11 a.m. The truckers will head out along Winnipeg’s Perimeter Highway and circle the city before returning to Oak Bluff. For more information contact Laurel Cumming at 204-925-5607 or l.cumming@specialolympics.mb.ca.

Saskatchewan
Registration for the Saskatchewan WLTC event will be between 7:30 a.m. and 8:15 a.m. on Sept. 25. The convoy will leave Saskatoon’s Credit Union Centre at 8:30 a.m. and will stop in Chamberlain at about 10:45 a.m. The trip is expected to be completed in Regina at around 12:30 p.m. at the Sears NSC Parkway Terminal.

“There will be live entertainment, a barbeque social, and a presentation of awards from 12:30-2,” says Howard Schweitzer, CEO of Special Olympics Saskatchewan. “It’s our fourth year we’ve run the event and it gets bigger and better every year. Last year we had 73 trucks registered.”

For more information contact Howard Schweitzer at 306-780-9277 or hschweitzer@specialolympics.sk.ca.

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