Truckline joins Lights on the Hill Convoy


Another sponsor comes on board for this year’s Lights On The Hill Memorial Convoy, held on September 29 and 30

Truckline joins Lights on the Hill Convoy
More than 500 trucks are expected to take part in the Lights on the Hill Memorial convoy on September 29. Photo Shutter Stock Photography Brisbane

 

Aftermarket truck and trailer parts provider Truckline has announced that it will come on board as a sponsor and join the handful of organisations that support the Lights on the Hill Memorial Convoy.

The 15th Lights on the Hill Memorial Convoy weekend will be held on September 29 and 30, with over 500 trucks set to converge on the south-east Queensland town of Gatton for a weekend of remembrance and mateship.

The convoy will travel from both Withcott and Wacol on the Saturday for a day of festivities at Gatton Showground, followed by a memorial service at the Lights on the Hill Truck and Coach Drivers Memorial.

In 2017, 65 names were added to the memorial wall, with another 35 to be added at this year’s service. According to Lights on the Hill President, Simon Hawker, the wall and the service are immensely important to those in the industry.

"The wall is a place where people can go and think good memories, bad memories, whatever. Something like that has to be there for families to sit and reflect," Hawker says.

"The Service brings all of that together. It can mean closure for a lot of families. That their loved ones are on that wall with their mates, that’s a big thing."


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Truckline general manager Mick Henderson says industry support is a priority for Truckline and the Lights on the Hill Memorial Convoy weekend is just one of varied ways they provide this.

"The Lights on the Hill Memorial Convoy Weekend provides an important opportunity to honour those who have been lost to the road, and pay our respects to the friends and family left behind," he says, adding that the convoy itself is a chance to thank the men and women who continue to put their lives at risk on Australia’s highways.

"Just recently it was revealed that truck drivers are 13 times more likely to die at work than other Australians and many others suffer work-related injuries" he said, referring to recent study results released by Monash University Melbourne.

"We need to continue to raise public awareness of the dangers facing drivers. Road transport enables so many aspects of life in Australia and a 500-strong convoy certainly turns heads."

Another 35 names will be added to the Lights on the Hill Memorial Wall on Sunday, September 30. Photo Shutter Stock Photography Brisbane

The convoy is certainly a more joyous part of the annual event, with the industry’s strong sense of mateship and pride on display.

"The convoy itself is all about drivers getting together, having a good yarn and showing a bit of pride in their vehicles and the industry," adds Hawker, an owner-driver himself.

"The guys and girls spend a lot of hours cleaning and polishing their trucks. Many of us, including ourselves, only get to polish our truck once a year and that’s convoy time.

"It’s an awesome feeling being part of a convoy with others who do this day in, day out. All the noise and attention – it’s a good way of showing to the general public what we do and we love when people come down and have a chat with us."

Simon explains that sponsorship allows the organisation to stage an event that brings the community and the industry together, with family-friendly activities and live music throughout. More importantly, the sponsorship dollar funds extensions to the wall which are sadly needed.

The memorial was extended in 2014, with more additions planned in the coming years. The organisation has also provided limited financial assistance to bereaved trucking families in the past and according to Hawker it’s something they’d like to pursue further.

"We’d love to set something up for families who suddenly lose loved ones on the road. Whether it’s vouchers for food or assistance with rent and bills.

"We know there’s a period of six to eight weeks before assistance from organisations like Centrelink and WorkCover cut in, and this is a really tough time.

In the meantime, they’re focused on the task of delivery a fitting tribute to drivers lost, and a celebration for those who continue to drive and support the industry.

The convoy will depart from both Roches Road Withcott and VCV Bivouac Place Wacol at 9.30am on Saturday, September 29 and travel to Gatton Showgrounds for the day’s festivities.

The naming of Lights on the Hill memorial originates from the famous Slim Dusty song ‘Lights on the Hill’. Before Slim Dusty passed away in 2003, he and his wife Joy agreed to let the organisation use the name ‘Lights on the Hill’ for the Gatton memorial as well as becoming patrons of the memorial.

To register your vehicle visit www.lightsonthehill.com.au/convoy/vehicle-registration/ or for further info on the convoy, click here.

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