Midlothian, VA: Over a dozen big rigs gathered outside Richmond, VA, to raise money for Special Olympics as part of the World's Largest Truck Convoy. The annual fundraiser draws professional truck drivers from across the United States and Canada — but Virginia had never participated until Getloaded brought the event to Virginia this year, where the company's headquarters are based.
"Getloaded has actively supported Special Olympics of Virginia for over a decade, at events including the Summer Olympic Games, Polar Plunge and Over the Edge," says Fergus Caldicott, general manager at Getloaded. "So, we jumped at the opportunity to combine two passions — the trucking industry and philanthropy — by bringing the World's Largest Truck Convoy to Virginia for the first time."
This year's Virginia convoy spanned 55 miles beginning and ending at the Meadow Event Park, home of the State Fair of Virginia. In addition to the fundraising drive, the celebration featured food from local vendors, an awards ceremony, a visit from 25 Special Olympic athletes and a Harley Davidson giveaway. Thanks to generous donations from participants and sponsors, the event raised over $12,000 for the Special Olympics of Virginia.
"We are proud of our role in the trucking — and central Virginia — community and look forward to gathering even more truckers and funds at next year's convoy," says Caldicott.
For more information about the World's Largest Truck Convoy and Special Olympics, visit: Resources.specialolympics.org/convoy_contacts.aspxR