Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics

One Day, 5 Convoys, 351 Trucks, $191,000 For Special Olympics

Nice to know people care about the Special Olympics, in this case Truckers.  Truck drivers in five provinces running in five separate Convoy events on Saturday drove into the record books with nearly $200,000 in pledges and donations.

Four Convoys in support of the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics took place in Halifax, Winnipeg, Saskatoon and Paris, ON., while a fifth event, The Convoy for Hope, ran in Moncton, NB.

This year’s largest convoy took place in Manitoba with 141 trucks raising over $65,000. Trucks started at the Oak Bluff Recreation Centre on the Perimeter Highway southwest of Winnipeg, and ran counterclockwise around the city. With that many trucks in the Convoy, the lead truck must have been darned close to the Pembina Hwy. intersection before the last truck left Oak Bluff.

In Saskatoon, organizers had 62 trucks participate that raised a preliminary total of $45,000. That convoy route was the longest of this year’s events, running from the Credit Union Centre to Regina’s Turvey Center, a distance of 250 km along Hwy 11. This year’s event also featured a truck-pull challenge where four teams competed for the best time to pull a 15-ton truck a distance of 15 meters.

In Paris, ON., about 45 minutes west of Toronto, organizers ran their eighth convoy. This year they had 51 trucks that raised $42,000. Over the eight years, the Paris convoy has raised close to $350,000 for Special Olympics athletes. And the best part about the fund raising effort is that all of the money remains in the jurisdiction that raised it.

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