The ’Hug a Rig Day’ which had its beginnings in 2009 from an idea that originated with Garry and Sue Kennedy, is being held again this year on Saturday 6 August
Through her work and involvement with ’Idea Services’ in Gore, Sue Kennedy thought it would be a good idea to do something rather special and different for people who had ’special needs’.
It wasn’t to be just for the people she meets through her work, but for others in the wider community who would enjoy taking part in something different.
And with her husband Garry equally enthusiastic, the ’Hug a Rig Day’ idea came to fruition.
This year the event is being organised by Dianne and Ian Elstob and their fabulous committee, with the same goal as the Kennedys of making the event and the day a great one.
However Dianne said, that while the initial aim of the event was for those who had ‘Special Needs’, this year the criteria has widened and they look forward to also welcoming adults and children who have life-long and challenging health issues.
‘‘We were out there to make a great day for them and to let them have a good time doing something that is a little bit different.’’
Having the support of so many truck drivers is an integral part of making the ’Hug A Rig’ event the great day it is. ‘‘All the trucks are volunteered,’’ Dianne said. ‘‘We just put the word around and drivers from different companies and also contractors gave their support.
‘‘At the end of the inaugural event, one of the drivers said he would definitely be back for the event the next year and he kept to his word.
‘‘He said he wouldn’t have missed it for the world!
‘‘When you get a response like that, that’s what we are really pleased to hear.’’
The Elstobs say they will never say no to any trucks that want to be involved on the day, with the aim of giving all those who come along, a ride in a Big Rig.
They are also delighted to have the ’Hot Rod’ cars joining them again this year and the Aussie Muscle Car club and know that there will be numerous other car enthusiasts coming along to make the day special for all.
‘‘When we head out on our convoy, lead by the Police, the trucks will follow with their first load of passengers, with rides being given in the other cars for those who are waiting.
‘‘When we get back, then it will be their turn to ride in the trucks."
Following a specified circuit on the day, the drivers are all prepared to do the circuit as many times as necessary until everyone has had a turn.