Pay tribute to fallen truckies
NO WORDS can describe what it’s like to see the trucks come down the Warrego Highway, one after the other, at Gatton for the annual Lights on the Hill memorial.
“Just the noise, the honking horns, you’ve got to witness that (at least) once in your life,” said Juanita Johnson, one of the dedicated members of the Lights on the Hill memorial committee.
This year’s event, the 15th convoy, will be held on September 29-30, with the convoy taking place on the Saturday and the memorial on Sunday.
Kathy White founded the Lights on the Hill organisation to honour those in the Australian trucking industry who have died.
The convoy (which last year involved a massive 483 trucks) started out as a fundraiser to help with the ongoing costs of the memorial wall at Gatton, to give back to the families who lost loved ones in truck accidents.
“We just want to get the word out that truck drivers are normal people with normal families, just trying to do a job and get back to their families at the end of the day,” Juanita said.
“They want to honour the family they lose on the road.”
In a bid to do something to also help other members of the community, Juanita and the Lights on the Hill president will both shave their heads to raise money for those affected by the drought.
Lockyer Valley Regional Council mayor Tanya Milligan will shave their heads.
She said money raised on the day from that event would go to Drought Angels to help those in need.
After Sunday’s memorial there will be a barbecue held in the park at Gatton.
“It should be a nice weekend of remembering everyone,” Juanita said.
AMAZING: The Lights on the Hill convoy is an amazing sight to see.
Memorial doves at last year’s service.