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Special Olympics convoys roll to fund Cdn. athletes

Posted: September 12, 2016 by Today's Trucking Staff

By Dave Henry

WINNIPEG, MB – As similar convoys rolled out in Canadian cities like Toronto and Saskatchewan, The World’s Largest Truck Convoy for Special Olympics rolled around Winnipeg’s Perimeter 192 strong on Saturday morning.

Manitoba has 1,700 special athletes participating in 18 sports, and seven of those athletes are going to the upcoming World Championships. They’ll be competing in snowshoeing, hockey and downhill skiing. The Convoy is the main fundraiser for these athletes to afford to compete in their various events. Well over $60,000 was raised today by the people of Manitoba.  

The athletes loved seeing the trucks and several hopped up and in for rides around the Perimeter. Their faces beamed as they mingled among the drivers. Sean, who plays softball has come to the convoy seven of the last eight years. He takes a bus to the nearest point and then walks the rest of the way to the starting area. Unfortunately, the nearest point is several miles away. This year he took the bus at midnight, got dropped off, and walked for six hours to reach the Convoy.

An event of this size takes a lot of planning and coordination. Law enforcement blocks off all the roads and lights so the truckers can keep rolling, blowing their horns and waving to the spectators. Tim Brown of Motor Carrier Enforcement organized the 36 Law Enforcement vehicles to keep everyone safe during the almost two-hour parade. As the convoy passed the officers, they fell into line behind the trucks with their sirens blaring and lights flashing.

Too many people to list work on this, from the Manitoba Trucking Association, to Motor Carrier/Law Enforcement, to the Special Olympics committees and the individual drivers raising money make this event well-run and profitable.

For the fifth year in a row, Brody Jackson from QX104 emceed the wrap-up dinner and provided a few laughs.

There’s no better way for a trucker to spend a Saturday in September.  

 

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