Let’s pop some champagne and lift our glasses to Rachele Champagne.
Rachele’s the trucker from Gatineau, Quebec, who decided in July to organize the first ever all-female truck convoy to raise money for breast cancer research.
A short three months later, on October 18th, it became a reality when 29 trucks convoyed down Highway 401 in Ontario with 29 women behind the wheels.
By Rachele’s estimate, the participants raised at least $15,000.
“For 29 trucks, I’d say that’s pretty good” Rachele says.
Plus, Rachele got donors to give all sorts of items that the women could take home – from bags containing things like bracelets and coffee mugs; to jackets and a coffee maker; to $1,500 worth of fuel.
“I think everyone left with a smile,” she says.
Will Rachele and the other women stage another convoy next year?
“Absolutely!” she says – adding that she bets there’ll be twice as many trucks next time.
Personally, given the short amount of time Rachele had to organize this year’s convoy, I wouldn’t be surprised if there were a hundred trucks in the next one.
So, ‘cheers!’ to Rachele Champagne or en francais, ‘Sante!’