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Special Olympics Convoy

By George Fullerton

Truck drivers from across Nova Scotia and beyond are lining up donors to support the Sixth Annual Convoy for Special Olympics on September 23. The trucking industry has distinguished itself with its ongoing commitment to fundraising to support athletic and other programs for developmentally challenged youth and adults.
Organizers are looking for up to 200 trucks for this year’s Convoy which will have a focus on those truck drivers who extend a large effort to the Convoy. The company, Parts for Trucks has extended their sponsorship this year by providing incentive packages for drivers in selected fundraising levels. The goodies include a backpack cooler, a Cobra CB radio, a Truck Convoy belt buckle, a lobster dinner, a new bunk mattress and more.
East Coast International has also extended their sponsorship by providing a winning driver with the “Big Rig Honorary Truck Convoy Marshall” celebrity treatment. The selected driver will take the Marshall position at the lead of the convoy, driving a brand new International decaled with the driver’s name and honoured credentials. The Honorary Marshal will also be included in ceremonies around the Convoy events.
The honorary Convoy Marshall selection will be made from a selection of driver-fundraisers who achieved remarkable success in securing donations and who has also submitted a “Tale from the Cab” story/video submission.
Clearwater has also supported the Special Olympics Convoy by sponsoring surprise popup parties which will celebrate five high performance fundraiser drivers and businesses who have supported past Special Olympics Convoys. The weekly pop-up parties will commence in August and continue to the week before the event.
This year’s Convoy will also host recognized trucking celebrities including Shipping Wars cast member Marc Springer, in addition to Todd and Tamara Sturgis from Trucking is Glamorous. Chrome & Steel Radio owner Bruce Lacasse will also attend along with Reno Ward from Ice Road Truckers. Attendees at the Convoy and related events will have the opportunity to meet these media characters.
The convoy will be paraded fifty kilometres through the streets of Dartmouth and enjoy the hospitality of CFB Shearwater for form-up and post-Convoy celebrations, with live music courtesy of award winning Charlie A’Court.
Salvatore Insurance is bringing a new angle to post-Convoy celebrations by sponsoring a fleet of food trucks to upstage the traditional BBQ.
Irving Oil has come on board as Presenting Sponsor, and they are joined by East Coast International, Work Authority, Clearwater, Parts for Trucks, Wolseley Canada, Nova Scotia Trucking Safety Association, Salvatore Insurance, Nova Truck Centre, Fisher Transport Limited, Hull Transport, Leading Edge, Diesel Spec and MacLeod Lorway Insurance Group, Oregan’s, Lassonde, THRSC Atlantic, Truckers Association of Nova Scotia and Subway Restaurants are also sponsors.
Nova Scotia Special Olympics Team is gearing up to host the Canadian National Special Olympics at Antigonish in 2018. Anne Marie Shannon says the efforts invested in the Convoy go a long way to putting together an awesome Nova Scotia team and showing the rest of Canada this province’s best hospitality at the 2018 event.
To stay abreast of all developments about the Convoy, follow the Facebook page – @TruckConvoyNS.
Drivers can register through the Convoy website: truckconvoyns.ca/drive/register. For additional information call Anne Marie Shannon at 902.429.2266 x 2.

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