Convoy for a Cause
If you happened to be on I-485 outside of Charlotte, North Carolina last week there is a good chance you noticed 117 big rigs in a convoy. In line, they had just left the Verizon Amphitheater for a unique haul. The only thing being hauled was awareness of the North Carolina chapter of Special Olympics, as part of the World’s Largest Truck Convoy. The nearly 120 semi tractor trailers were traveling part of the 28 mile Convoy route. Their goal was not to snarl traffic, but to raise awareness and funds for some very special athletes.
“People just stopped on overpasses and parked on the shoulder to watch and wave to the parade of trucks”, according to Sam Roberts. Roberts, an Operations and Sales Assistant in the Charlotte Service Center reported that hundreds witnessed portions of the 28 mile round trip the trucks made. R+L Carriers drivers were proud to volunteer for the event, and to pull the Lima Company Memorial trailer for the convoy.
Award winning truck!
For the second year in a row, the R+L Carriers Lima Company Memorial truck earned First Prize for Best Looking Truck. This is the most coveted trophy of the day. The award is voted on by the Special Olympic Athletes themselves. With or without a trophy, all of the R+L Carriers drivers said they would be returning again next year to support these athletes. “This is fantastic!” Mike Strahle, Executive Director of the Lima Company Memorial was excited about the award. “We are extremely proud and honored to see things like this, and we have R+L Carriers to thank for these men being in the public eye, and allowing people to honor our military men and women.”
The annual convoy happens in locations all over America. This year’s convoy in North Carolina raised over $15,000.00 for that state’s chapter of Special Olympics according to Dot Kohlbach of Special Olympics North Carolina. The event included athletes, families, friends, celebrities, law enforcement officers, and of course, the companies and drivers of the participating trucks.The spot of lead truck for each convoy is auctioned off. The highest bidder wins the front position of the convoy. Each truck and driver raises funds to gain entry into the convoy.