Musket Transport is comprised of individuals who care about the community they live in. Both as a company and as individuals, the Musket family is constantly on the lookout for ways to give back to the community in a meaningful way. Last month, Musket participated in two convoys supporting two important community causes.
On Saturday, September 21st, four drivers – Dean Renpenning, Jorge Ivan Correa, Robert Perry and Phil Fletcher – participated in the GTA Truck Convoy for Special Olympics.
In the unique one-day event, members of the trucking industry rallied together in support of Special Olympics. The convoy was presented by the Peel Regional Police Department. At the event, law enforcement made special dispensation and escorted a convoy of trucks through parts of Southern Ontario to raise badly needed funds and awareness for the Special Olympics.
This was Musket’s third year participating in the convoy, covering the registration costs of its dedicated volunteer drivers. Since 2016 the GTA Truck Convoy has raised over $58,000 for Special Olympics!
Volunteer drivers picked up their “co-drivers” – special Olympians – at the CAA Centre and escorted them in a convoy on a pre-determined route. After completing their routes, drivers escorted their special guests back to the CAA Center where they were welcomed by the local Special Olympics community – athletes, families, friends, colleagues, law enforcement, and members of the trucking industry. A celebration ensued, including lunch, a truck show ‘n shine, an awards ceremony, prize draws, and family entertainment.
One of Musket’s US highway trailer drivers, Dean Renrenninh from Oakville, Ontario, who participated in the convoy for the second time, commented that “the convoy is good community relations for a good cause.” For him, the highlight of the event was taking a special Olympian in his truck for a ride and seeing the joy it brought.
Another volunteer driver at the convoy was Musket driving instructor Jorge Ivan Correa of Mississauga, who has been with the company for almost 13 years. Like Dean, it was Jorge’s second year participating in the convoy. He enjoyed his first experience so much that he wanted to experience it again with his wife.
“I believe that the Special Olympics is a great cause that develops self-esteem in individuals who would otherwise have no opportunity to excel at sports. I really enjoyed seeing the joy in the athletes’ faces when they realized we were all coming together to support them,” shared Jorge Ivan Correa. He placed second in the Truck Show and Shine contest held at the Truck Convoy.
Musket also had volunteer two drivers Keashia Williams and Thierry M– participating in the Trucking for a Cure Woodstock Convoy on Saturday, September 21st. The Convoy enables professional organizations and individuals in the transportation industry to raise funds and awareness for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation – Ontario chapter. Money raised at the event is used to fund research, build fellowships, and create breast health incentives across Ontario. After a complimentary breakfast, convoy drivers got ready to roll and departed from the TA Travel Centre. The one-day event included entertainment, an awards ceremony, a silent auction, draws, a BBQ, a kids zone, local crafters and a moment of silence for those who have lost their battle with cancer.
Musket was proud to participate by once again covering the volunteer drivers’ registration costs.
See video below of Truck Convoy for Special Olympics.