It takes all shapes and sizes, and the trucking sector of the motoring world really pulls its weight when it comes to community effort.
Last Sunday saw more than 40 long-haul trucks rumbling down the back straight of the Killarney International Raceway as the annual Truckers Charity Convoy, accompanied by heavy-duty rescue vehicles and escorted by dozens of motorcycles, rolled into view at the track.
A happening like this is distinguished by the sound of those big engines rumbling, like a herd of disgruntled elephants, and horns blaring loud. Such behemoths, and like the gentle giants they are (on the whole), they came bearing small and delicate gifts.
The aim of the day was to collect soft toys to be donated to the Cancer Association of South Africa’s (Cansa) campaign for toys for children with the disease.
The line-up on the back straight was nothing short of impressive, with two columns of these giant long-haul cabs waiting their turn for the regulatory temperature screening, hand sanitising and health and safety questionnaire, before parking on the oval behind the Killarney Clubhouse.
The track management was sure to enforce Level 1 safety protocols, which included the wearing of masks and social distancing, as is the responsible thing to do.
However, no mask could hide the grins on the faces of the truckers and their crews, as well as the Cansa volunteers, as the contributions quickly filled a one-ton bakkie propvol with cuddly toys. The toys will be distributed to hospital wards and surgeries countrywide where children with cancer are treated. And the toys will bring some comfort, colour and brightness to these places.
This event represented Killarney’s first major charity event since lockdown took effect on 27 March, and it turned into a celebration of family as parents chatted and relaxed in the shade while their children enjoyed the spring sunshine and the dedicated Kiddies Korner play area.
As for all who have experienced a dramatic sense of isolation through the Covid-19 crisis, the day was appreciated by all.