WOODSTOCK, Ont. — The trucking industry, like the autumn leaves, will be changing colour in October.
Trucking For A Cure (TFAC) will get pinked-out on October 5 in an effort to raise money and awareness for breast cancer by cruising Hwy. 401 in a convoy.
Event organizer Joanne Millen MacKenzie noticed a variety of convoys travelling the roads for different causes and she also wanted to participate.
“My aunt Anna battled cancer three times, breast cancer twice,” said Millen MacKenzie. “She died in 2008 and I wanted to do this for her.”
The event is open to male and female drivers and there is no minimum donation fee, but a registration fee of $75 is required. Participants can register as late as the day of the event.
“We don’t turn anyone away. Even if you don’t have a big rig, you are welcome to join the convoy,” said Millen MacKenzie. “We have drivers in trucks of all sizes, dump trucks and other vehicles.”
“The drivers are the heart and soul of our convoy,” Millen MacKenzie said.
The event will kick off in Woodstock and travel east on Hwy. 401 to Hwy. 403, where the drivers will double-back to their starting point. Last year the event saw 51 drivers come together and raise $56,000.
“We hope to raise that amount again or surpass it,” Millen MacKenzie said.
Since the inaugural TFAC in 2010, the organization has raised over $136,000.
Organizers for TFAC have planned a daylong event including a BBQ, live music and a silent auction.
“We want everyone to be a part of the celebration and work together for the cause,” said Millen MacKenzie. “We also want to spread the message about breast health, early detection and living well.”
It has been reported by the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation that breast cancer is the most common cancer in women over 20 years old and that one in four cancer diagnoses will be breast cancer.
“This event is important because we see a group of professionals coming together all for different reasons,” said Millen MacKenzie. “They’re passionate and they really care about giving back.”
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