“The Voice of Western Canadian Truckers.”
In February 1999 the dream of a Western Canadian Trucking Magazine became a reality. Until then the only magazines available in Western Canada were published in Ontario and the advertisers, for the most part, were from the East. Today Western Canadian truckers have their own magazine that is quite unique in that we don’t write technical articles. Instead Pro-Trucker is an entertainment magazine where you can read about other drivers and their life on the road; their problems and how they handle them; issues of the day and the ever present humour that hopefully will put a smile on your face when you are far from home.
My first introduction to the generosity of the transportation industry was in April of 1999. I, along with our photographer, Kathy Fitzpatrick, volunteered at an event in Kamloops BC. It was the 2nd Annual South Central Trucking Industry, Charity Golf Tournament & Dinner Auction, which raised money for the Kamloops Royal Inland Hospital. This one day event raised over $100,000 the first year and the second event, the first of many that we attended, they raised over $150,000.
Since then I have witnessed the industry strongly support many great causes like, The 18 Wheels of Christmas in Alberta, The World’s Largest Convoy, Convoy for a Cure, Cops for Cancer, the Vancouver Island Equipment Owners Lighted Truck Parade, Surrey Santa’s Lighted Truck Parade, various Food Banks, Christmas Bureaus and a very large number of charity golf tournaments, to name just a few.
The latest charity supported by the trucking industry, “Chrome for Kids,” is an event that is very dear to the hearts of everyone here at Pro-Trucker Magazine. On January 8th 2012 fraternal twins were born to Pro-Trucker’s own Tori and Ben Proudley. The problem was they were born at just 29 weeks – 11 weeks shy of the normal 40. Their son Mason weighed just 2lbs. 9oz. while their daughter Mackenzie weighed in at a mere 1lb 12oz. To put that into perspective, the picture you see here is Mackenzie’s hand clutching her mother’s thumb. The kids spent the next 3 months in ‘NICU’ (Neo-natal Intensive Care Unit). Mason has since had 2 operations at Vancouver Children’s Hospital one of which was a heart operation. I am very happy to say that they are both doing extremely well and you would never know that they had such a traumatic start in life. Maybe I’m just getting older, or maybe it is because there are two of them, but they seem to be even more active than our children were.
“Chrome for Kids” is being held to raise money for a much needed heart machine at Children’s Hospital. There will be a truck show which will include motorcycles and show cars. Jamie Davis from “Highway Thru Hell” will be there as will “Trucker’s Television.” Live music will be provided by “Total Rewind” – a great band – readers who were there will remember them from our 2014 BC Big Rig Weekend.
So mark your calendars – this event is being held at Mission Raceways August 7th 8th and 9th. Gates open Friday and Saturday 9am to 11pm and Sunday 9am to 6pm. Entry is by donation. All proceeds from the event will go directly to Children’s Hospital.
The growing list of companies donating to this event include, in alphabetical order, Big Rig Group, CSTT, CTL, Daryl Wear Contracting, , Inland Kenworth, Jetes-MTB Group, K-Line Trailers, Lil Bro Trucking, Lucas Oil, Mission Towing, Mobile Truck Shuttle Services, Ocean Trailer, Old School Trucking, Peterbilt Pacific, Pro Oil Change, Pro-Trucker Magazine, The Legion, TransX and ZZChrome. To donate to this very worthy cause call ZZChrome at 604-888-2322.