The trucking community in Prince Edward Island came together on June 20 for the first-ever “Convoy for Cancer” as a total of 25 trucks raised nearly $7,500.
Event organizer and long-haul trucker Vanessa Ferguson of PEI said she was inspired by the success of OOIDA member Rachèle Champagne’s all-female “Convoy for a Cure” in Cornwall, Ontario, last fall.
After discovering there were only about five female truck drivers in all of PEI, the decision was made to open up the convoy to anyone who was affected by cancer. Ferguson organized the event to honor the memory of her dad, Jack, a heavy-duty mechanic who died of thyroid cancer.
Ferguson told Land Line on Tuesday, June 23, she was still “up in the clouds” because of the convoy’s success and the generosity of people who donated money to support the battle against cancer. The funds raised will go to the PEI Chapter of the Canadian Cancer Society.
“Everything went so smooth it was just unbelievable,” she said. “It was such a positive day, and everybody had a story to tell about why they decided to do this. One driver just found out he has cancer, and another one had lost his dad to cancer like me.”
Heather MacLean, executive director for the PEI Trucking Sector Council, said they will definitely be involved in this event again. She said they just aren’t sure yet whether it will be an “annual or biannual event.”
MacLean told Land Line recently that this event is a great way for the public to see the trucking industry in a positive light.
“We always seem to get in the story if it’s a bad news story, but not often is there coverage when there is good news about trucking,” she said.
–– By Clarissa Kell-Holland, staff writer