More than 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 fund-raising 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 donations from participants and sponsors, the event raised more than $12,000.
“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,” said Caldicott.