OOIDA member and “Cure” convoy founder Rachèle Champagne is finalizing the remaining details before her event on Saturday, Oct. 3, in Cornwall, Ontario. She has managed most of the planning from the cab of her truck.
More than a year ago, Champagne said she had the idea of raising money for breast cancer research while driving down the road and talking to two of her friends, also truckers. Nearly 30 female drivers turned up for Champagne’s first-ever “Cure” convoy a year ago.
Based on the reaction to Champagne’s initial convoy, this year three other female truck drivers were inspired to host a “Cure” convoy in October. Three will be in Canada and one in Dallas, TX.
“We are hoping to beat the number of trucks we had last year, so I want to encourage all of the female drivers who can make it to come out and raise money for this worthwhile cause,” Champagne told Land Line on Wednesday, Sept. 30.
A “Cure” convoy is set for Oct. 3 in Alberta, Canada, as well. The third convoy is scheduled for Oct. 17 in New Brunswick, and the final event will be hosted at “Willie’s Place” in Carl’s Corner, TX, on Oct. 24. The three convoys in Canada are for female truckers only, while the U.S. convoy will also have a support convoy for male drivers as well.
Champagne said she is impressed with all of the organizers’ efforts so far. She is already involved in the planning stages for two more convoys in 2010.
“All of the organizers have done amazing jobs. I can’t say enough about them. They are so committed to raising money to fight breast cancer, which affects so many families,” she said.
– By Clarissa Kell-Holland, staff writer