September 18, 2017
By Sonia Straface
BRAMPTON, Ont. – The second annual GTA Truck Convoy for Special Olympics Ontario went off just as organizers had hoped – with a larger commitment from truck drivers in the Toronto area.
This year the convoy saw 35 trucks – up from 29 last year – and 20 law enforcement cruisers drive up and down Highway 407 to raise awareness and funds for the Special Olympics. The one-day event is thanks to support from the Law Enforcement Torch Run, the grassroots fundraising organization for Special Olympics globally.
In total, the day raised $13,000. The event ran concurrently with the convoy for Special Olympics in Paris, Ont. that is in its 13th year and together, Cory Jansma the manager of Law Enforcement Torch Run said the events would raise close to $100,000.
“The involvement from the trucking industry has been incredible,” Jansma said. “We chose to run a second convoy on the same day (as the Paris convoy) in Peel region because it’s such a large trucking hub and because Paris had essentially hit its maximum capacity of trucks and we wanted to expand the event. Together both events have raised more than $700,000 since 2005.”
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