On September 22, the 2018 Special Olympics Convoy was hosted this year by Ile des Chenes, a small town of 1800 people, residing about 15 kms SE of Winnipeg, MB. 188 trucks were registered and 168 trucks were able to show up and support the Special Olympics Athletes.
The day started off cool and grey, but inside the TransCanada Centre there was nothing but smiles and warmth as participants registered and had breakfast served by MLA Bob Lagasse. MP Ted Falk and Mayor Chris Ewens welcomed everyone to kick off the event.
Moving the convoy to Ile des Chenes was a huge undertaking with a lot of unknowns. The committee showed their prowess by making it a smooth and successful transition. Tony’s Team Transport provided rides for the athletes to get them to the convoy. They also shuttled the drivers to and from their trucks to the centre. Tim Brown of Motor Carrier Enforcement mapped out the entire route and all access points to make sure the convoy and public were safe and efficient. Almost 80 access points had to be manned by multiple law enforcement units from many different agencies.
Most importantly, there were many athletes (20 plus) at the convey proudly showing off their medals and enjoying their day! These amazing athletes are as driven to succeed as anyone, not for fame or fortune, but just for the love of their sport and competition.
Murray and Heather Manuliak of Bison Transport were awarded lead truck status for raising the most money by an individual entry. They work tirelessly year round for this event and this year they brought in over $3800.
Mario Tyshuk, also from Bison, captained a team of 22 entries who raised $4000, which was the highest fundraising amount from any team.
Bison Transport entered 29 trucks for the day, making them the largest fleet represented.
David Henry of REK Express, won the coveted Athletes Choice Award for his entry flying Special Olympics and Canadian flags on hockey sticks attached to his RGN trailer carrying Tonka toys and kids tractors (pictured above).
At the awards ceremony, Jennifer Campbell of Special Olympics was presented a cheque for $76,000. Donations are still being accepted at www.manitobaconvoy.com so expect that number to rise.