Pay trib­ute to fallen truck­ies

Big Rigs - - EVENT PREVIEW - Kate Dodd kate.dodd@bi­

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.

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