Lights on the Hill a huge success
LAST weekend’s Lights on the Hill event was a huge success and a convoy of Wickhams trucks honoured the mates who never made it home.
The annual event aims to honour the truck drivers who lose their lives in a job that sees them place their lives on the line every day.
Wickhams driver Robbie Larfield rounded up a group of about 15 of the company’s drivers to compile the local contribution to the event.
Mr Larfield said the Wickhams trucks lined head to tail and made the journey from Warwick to Toowoomba and then on to the Gatton Showgrounds for the event.
He said the impressive group was the largest group from one place and said he was really pleased with how the event turned out.
“It was great to have so many trucks and the guys had their partners and friends or mates with them too,” Mr Larfield said.
“Everybody seemed to have a really good day and I think most of us will do it again next year,” he said.
Mr Larfield said he enjoyed getting the chance to chat and share personal stories with fellow drivers and said it was not only drivers killed on the road who were honoured.
“One of the guys had come up for his nephew who was really into the trucks and was just 26 when he died from melanoma,” he said.
The local trucks were not the only Wickham family connection with Killarney girl Ebony Wickham serenading the crowd with a couple of her tunes.
Organiser Kathy White said she was blown away with the outcome of the event, which grew from strength to strength each year and attracted people from as far away as Perth.
“We have had one lady here from Melbourne and she has been coming back every year for the past four years,” she said.
Ms White said while she didn’t have exact figures on money raised or overall attendance she said at least 8000
people walked through the gates and about 700 trucks turned out for the convoy.
“It was an absolutely fantastic day,” she said.
“There were lots and lots of trucks that turned out for the day.
“We had some amazing machinery on display and it’s such a thrill for them to see it.
“People keep coming back each year because it’s such a great family day and to see those trucks is fantastic.”
Ms White said while the idea of the event was to honour truck drivers who had lost their lives, she said it was also a great way to keep affected families involved in the trucking industry.
This year a percentage of the funds raised will be donated to the flood victims.
The remainder will be used to build the stage two project of the truck drivers’ memorial at Gatton.
The memorial acknowledges drivers who have lost their lives.
The latest group of names to be placed on the memorial will be added in October.