By Clarissa Kell-Holland
OOIDA member Rachèle Champagne admits she is both “flattered and amazed” by the response she has received after organizing the first-ever, all-female “Convoy for a Cure” in Ontario, Canada, a year ago.
This year, four Cure convoys are set to roll in October – three in Canada and one in Dallas, TX – to raise money for breast cancer research. More information can be found online at convoyforacure.com.
“This is just an amazing event that has taken off, and I am so proud to be a part of this,” Champagne told Land Line in late June.
A year ago, Champagne said she hatched the plan one day while driving down the highway and talking to two of her girlfriends, also truckers. Her plan was to arrange an event that would allow women drivers to use their driving skills, while also raising money for breast cancer research.
That first convoy of 30 trucks raised $15,000 for breast cancer research. This year she hopes to double the number of trucks in her convoy on Oct. 3 at the Fifth Wheel Truck Stop in Cornwall, Ontario. Another convoy is in Alberta, Canada, on the same date, followed by a convoy in New Brunswick, Canada, on Oct. 17. All of the drivers who participate in the Canadian convoys will be women.
First U.S. Cure convoy set
OOIDA Life Member Cindy Stowe of Wills Point, TX, is launching the first Cure convoy in the U.S. on Oct. 24 at Carl’s Corner in Dallas. Her convoy will differ from the Canadian ones because it will include a support convoy of male drivers.
“So we will have a lead convoy of women drivers. There are also some women who want to participate and who may not drive anymore, but their husbands still do,” Stowe told Land Line. “Some men that have lost their wives or a family member to breast cancer want to convoy with us and support us, too.”
Stowe said she already has 120 drivers signed up so far who are ready to roll on Oct. 24.
“Everybody has been supportive when they find out why we are doing this and that we are raising money to fight breast cancer,” she said. LL