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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.

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