Dawson Creek's 18 Wheels was a resounding success once again this year. With 17 Pallets of Food, 2 Pallets of Toys and $2600 for the United Way !
Events on this scale require a lot of planning and coordination, and to that end, I want to extend my sincere appreciation to Karen Brisebois at Rosenau Transport Ltd. and Riannon McVeigh of United Way! These two very special ladies spent countless hours, planning, meeting and executing this project. Not only were they instrumental in the planning, they were both on site the entire 2 day event, a total of 20 hours! Of course, they had many hands helping. We would like to thank Adam from Cat Rentals, the Dawson Creek RCMP, the Dawson Creek Fire Department, the Salvation Army and of course the many volunteers from Rosenau Transport. Karen G, Ed F, Blaine M, Bruce S, Cory H, Monique W, Rachel R and her daughter, Dave P, Randy W, Renie K, Chris L, Jessie and Adrian H. I would also like to extend my sincere appreciation to Colyn Brisebois, a former Rosenau employee who flew up from Vancouver just to help in an event that he feels so strongly about.
We had the trailer parked for two days prior to the event to generate interest and our friends at the Co-Op made sure that the Public knew what was coming. Thanks for the great sign guys!
This event would not have been possible without the support of our Main Sponsor, The Dawson Creek Co-Op ! These guys went above and beyond. Not only did they provide us with a spot for the trailer, they provided a tent,power, music, hot chocolate, cookies and a portable heater! To top it off, Shamir and his team put together dozens of prepackaged $25 bags of which we collected nearly 80!
I think if I were to go through my emails, between Karen and Riannon, i have probably two dozen emails, updating us on progress, arranging meetings and making great suggestions. You two ladies are 100% responsible for the success of this event!
You can't underestimate the power of having your own fire truck front and centre promoting your cause! Naturally, we had to make sure they were parked for a quick getaway in the event that they were needed for an emergency.
We had many of our customers come by over Friday and Saturday bringing donations. A special thank you to our good friends over at Reg Norman Trucking who dropped by with a $500 donation that will be going to good use in United Way causes here in Dawson Creek!
Another huge contributor to this effort was our local media. Many thanks to CJDC Radio for being on location, CJDC for the TV news coverage included in this post. As well, The Alska Highway News and Northeast News for their great newspaper articles and coverage and Peace FM for their Facebook Coverage and follow up radio interview. Thank you for all you do in your community!