Mov­ing memo­rial to our truck­ies

Driv­ers pre­pare for 2019 Lights on the Hill ser­vice

Central and North Burnett Times - - ADVERTISIN­G FEATURE - Kate Dodd

JUANITA John­son knows more than most peo­ple what it’s like to lose some­one close due to a crash. to you through crashes.

While she’s al­ways been part of the trans­port in­dus­try, her mum and broth­ers were truck driv­ers, and her son and his fa­ther were killed in a head-on crash be­tween two trucks south of Bog­ga­billa in 2018.

Juanita has been in­volved in Gat­ton’s Lights on the Hill for 10 years and said events like these were im­por­tant to let peo­ple know they weren’t alone in their grief.

This year’s event will be held on Satur­day and Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 5 and 6, with trucks leav­ing from new de­par­ture points at United Pe­tro­leum at Heine­mann Rd, Toowoomba and Nolan’s In­ter­state Trans­port at 375 Sher­brooke Rd, Willa­wong at 9.30am.

Trucks will be trav­el­ling down the Toowoomba By­pass for the first time.

“That should be a pretty awe­some im­age,” Juanita said.

❝ It’s not just about the con­voy, it’s about re­mem­ber­ing and hon­our­ing the driv­ers too. — Juanita John­son

She said As­sis­tant Min­is­ter for Road Safety and Freight Trans­port Scott Buch­holz and Fed­eral Mem­ber for Groom John McVeigh will both par­tic­i­pate in the con­voy and former truck driver and coun­try singer Kerry Kennedy, who has been a loud and proud ad­vo­cate for the trans­port in­dus­try, was named as one of the pa­trons of the memo­rial.

“He was ac­tu­ally speech­less and that never hap­pens,” Juanita said.

The memo­rial will be on Oc­to­ber 6 from 10am at Lake Apex Park in Gat­ton.

Juanita said this year 31 names were be­ing added to it and un­for­tu­nately, sev­eral of those peo­ple had lost their lives in crashes in the last 12 months.

“It’s not just about the con­voy, it’s about re­mem­ber­ing and hon­our­ing the driv­ers too,” Juanita said.

“The con­voy is the main fundraiser for the memo­rial and its up­keep and in the next five years or so we’d like to have a schol­ar­ship or some­thing so we can help some­one who has been in an ac­ci­dent and needs to be re­trained.”

The event will in­clude live en­ter­tain­ment, chil­dren’s rides, mar­ket stalls, a me­chan­i­cal bull and sumo wrestling.


GREAT TRIB­UTE: A con­voy of trucks leave from With­cott for the Lights on the Hill memo­rial ser­vice in 2018.

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