Semis converge on Perimeter Highway for Special Olympics fundraiser
Published Saturday, September 15, 2012 4:18PM CST
Canada’s largest truck convoy rolled down the Perimeter Highway Saturday all in the name of a good cause.
The fundraiser saw 141 semi-trucks register to help raise money for Special Olympics Manitoba, smashing last year’s record of 114.
“The truck convoy started in 2001,” said Steve Dreger of Special Olympics Manitoba.
The money goes to help people with intellectual disabilities achieve their athletic goals.
Seventeen-year-old Cody Calcutt said the money means a lot to athletes like himself.
“It helps me to achieve a goal – to go to provincials and go around the world,” said Calcutt.
The fundraiser was expected to haul in over $60,000 for the athletes.
The money is slated for athlete expenses like financing for competitions and travel.
Trucker Elmer Hanson participated in this year’s drive and said the cause is close to home.
Hanson’s daughter has an intellectual disability.
Hanson said he was “proud to be a part of the organizing team as well as being a driver in it.”
Hanson and the other driver’s efforts mean Calcutt can spend more time focusing on training.
“The number one thing in training is to keep in shape and keep doing what you have to do,” said Calcutt.