Truck­ies savour a top gift

Big Rigs - - NEWS - Kate Dodd kate.dodd@bi­grigs.com.au

SHE may hail from Thai­land, but Oakey woman Lynda Birnie is the em­bod­i­ment of the Aus­tralia spirit and life­style.

Lynda took it upon her­self to make sure lonely truck­ies work­ing through the fes­tive sea­son en­joyed a de­li­cious Christ­mas feast.

She put out a call across so­cial me­dia for any truck driv­ers trav­el­ling the War­rego High­way in Queens­land on Box­ing Day to pull up on the pads near Oakey and en­joy a Christ­mas meal.

As the wife of a truck driver, Lynda knows what many truck driv­ers and the fam­i­lies go through – es­pe­cially dur­ing the hol­i­day sea­sons like Christ­mas.

“We are a truck­ing fam­ily and we know Christ­mas is ap­proach­ing fast and, with all the fes­tive cheer fly­ing all over the na­tion, there will be those leg­endary truck­ies still on the road, away from their fam­i­lies, alone on the road,” she said.

“This is just the Aussie spirit – keep­ing it alive.

“Sup­port­ing our truck­ies is vi­tal, no mat­ter how big or small the ges­ture.

“It’s about fam­ily, mate­ship.”

Lynda’s de­li­cious Christ­mas feast fea­tured ham, pork roast and six kinds of salad plus soft drinks.

She said she had a lot of sup­port on the day from truck­ies and lots of honk­ing horns as well.

“The peo­ple that stopped gave a big thank you, took a photo and went on their merry way to make de­liv­er­ies,” she said.

Lynda said this was the first year she’d planned the lunch and would con­tinue to do it ev­ery year.

“Not as a char­ity, but as a thank you,” she said.

PHO­TOS: CON­TRIB­UTED

FES­TIVE SPIRIT: Hand­ing out lunches for the truck­ies are (from left) Tif­fany Git­sham, Reece Gra­ham, Mick Birnie and Lynda Birnie

A sam­ple of the yummy Christ­mas lunch Lynda Birnie made.

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