Big rigs get be­hind CCF fund­ing drive

The Tribune (NZ) - - NEWS -

‘‘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.

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