Truckie day here to stay
Huge wave of support for promo
ORGANISER Doug Kirby described the second national “Wave at a Truckie Day” on November 22 as an overall success, with about 80 per cent of the feedback being positive.
“The feedback I received was that it is a positive thing for truck drivers and I plan to do this each and every year in the future and make it even bigger next time,” Mr Kirby told Big Rigs.
That feedback has come from every state and the Northern Territory.
“It has been across the board the feedback,” he said.
Mr Kirby is based in southern Queensland and said radio station River 94.9FM gave the event great coverage, including taking calls from listeners.
“That was wonderful and one woman phoned up crying,” he said.
“Myself, I have had nothing but waves today and I’ve had a fair few cars blowing horns and waving.”
The Gold Coast truckie has been in the industry for 16 years and had some stern words for the 20 per cent of people who gave negative feedback.
“Stop all the negativity and embrace one day a year when we wave at a truckie,” he said.
“This is a feel-good day... we have special recognition days like Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Easter and Christmas and we should have one for truckies.”
Mr Kirby said truck drivers were in the toughest and often most dangerous industry in the country.
“To the knockers I say that just about everything we need in daily life is delivered by trucks,” he said.
One theme of the day Mr Kirby wanted to highlight was that “mate should look after mate”.
“That is not always the case and I think we should wave to a truckie every day of the year,” he said.
Big Rigs spoke to several drivers about the day.
Dale Lyons drove the 700km stretch of the Bruce Highway from Rockhampton to Townsville and said he received numerous waves.
“I waved back and always do and I think it is a good thing,” he said.
Mr Kirby encouraged people to comment on the day through Big Rigs and social media.
SAY G’DAY: Doug Kirby plans to do Wave at a Truckie Day every year, such was its success.