545 Trucks Convoy In Mother’s Day Make-A-Wish Benefit, Raise More Than $136K
Lancaster County, Pennsylvania – More than 500 truckers turned out on a cold and rainy day in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, on Sunday, in an effort to help make the next year a bit brighter for more than 300 children battling serious illnesses.
The 30th annual Mother’s Day Make-A-Wish truck convoy, benefiting the Make-A-Wish foundation in the Susquehanna Valley, took place yesterday.
Truckers certainly showed up big for the fundraising effort once again.
Haley Beidel, Communications & Public Relations Manager for Make-A-Wish Philadelphia, Delaware & Susquehanna Valley, tells Transportation Nation Network (TNN) that more than 2,000 people, including truckers, wish families, volunteers, staff and spectators, helped to bring in $136,000 toward the goal of $550,000 to aid in granting wishes to 365 children in the coming year.
Organizers said the convoy totaled 545 trucks and was the third largest in its 30 year history, which was quite a feat given the dreary weather conditions.
#MotivationalMonday: Yesterday there were 545 trucks that participated in the Mother’s Day Truck Convoy! Despite the cold & rainy Sunday yesterday was the 3rd largest Convoy in the event’s history. We are blown away by the dedication of this community to local wish kids! 🚚
— Make-A-Wish PhDeSv (@MakeAWishPHL) May 13, 2019
Spirits were anything but dreary though, as trucker’s from across the country gathered to show their support for the mission.
The convoy started at Burle Business Park and traveled through Lancaster County along a 26-mile route before returning to the park.
“We had so many trucks this year, that by the time the Top 30 trucks returned back to the start of the 26-mile loop, there were still trucks leaving to begin the route,” Beidel said.
Organizers report that many parents of the Make-A-Wish kids, who get to ride along with a trucker during the event, say it is the “highlight of their child’s year.”
Trucker Keith Wagner drove his big rig in the convoy’s #1 position. He told WGAL that it is all about the kids.
“If you see one of the drivers that you know, give them a couple of dollars to help the kids out,” he said.
Beidel told TNN, “truck drivers have until June 13th to continue fundraising to try to earn one of the coveted ‘Top 30’ driver spots in next year’s convoy.”
“We are still crunching numbers and feel confident that we will be able to meet our goal,” Beidel said.
It’s events like these that are shining examples of what truckers and the trucking community is all about.
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