Big rigs get behind CCF funding drive
‘‘Let them truckers roll,10/4!’’
A ‘‘beautiful convoy’’ of 70 big rigs promises to be quite a sight this Sunday.
The trucks are taking part in the biennial Professionals’ Big Rig Ride in support of the Child Cancer Foundation (CCF), offering rides around city streets for just $2 a head.
A convoy co-ordinator, Derryn Hughes says the trucks make an impressive spectacle as they arrive en masse along with a helicopter, at the Railway Land at 10am. There the community rallies not only with rides, but with stalls, face-painting, raffles, auctions and prizes.
This week, drivers, including Turbos lock Fraser Stone will be cleaning and polishing their rigs in readiness for the big day.
‘‘We have some amazing prizes; local businesses and the truckies have been incredibly generous. It’s been really humbling’’
Among the prizes is a flight in a WWII Harvard, a helo flight, three hot-laps with Greg Murphy, and a signed Liverpool football shirt.
The proceeds go to local families coping with children who have cancer and who need to spend time in Auckland’s Starship hospital, putting a strain on family finances and resources.
The first Big Rig Ride took place in 2004 for Manawatu flood victims, with all subsequent events for CCF.