Alexis Wood, 8 of Langford, visits with a minion on the Royal Canadian Coast Guard’s Christmas decorated miniature of the Wilfred P. Laurier vessel at Western Speedway last year. The 19th annual event takes place on Saturday, Dec. 2, beginning at Ogden Point at 5:45 p.m., before winding through Victoria, Saanich and the West Shore and ending at Western Speedway around 8:30 p.m. (Gazette file photo)

Trucks gear up for annual convoy Saturday

Event starts at Odgen Point, finishes at Western Speedway

When Wendy Watt watches YouTube videos of last year’s Island Equipment Owners Association’s Truck Light Convoy, a feeling of excitement washes over her.

Watching the lights sparkle on the trucks as they drive by the thousands of smiling Greater Victoria residents who lined the streets, makes her proud to be a part of an association that gives back to the community.

“I just get tingles. It’s just such an amazing cause, it’s just such an amazing event,” said Watt, the association manager. “The hours that the truck drivers and all the equipment owners put in to do this is just amazing and it’s all just out of the generosity of their own heart … it takes hours and thousands of lights.”

RELATED: Convoy of lights sparks holiday tradition

This year, 80 trucks are being decorated to dazzle thousands of residents throughout the region on Saturday, Dec. 2. The 19th annual convoy begins at Ogden Point at 5:45 p.m. and, with the help of a police escort, winds its way through Victoria, Colwood and Langford, before ending at Western Speedway between 8:15 to 8:30 p.m. The trucks then park and the public is invited to enjoy a hot dog, hot chocolate and see the trucks up close.

New this year, residents will be able to track the convoy’s progress online.

In addition to the parade, the event is also a fundraiser for various food banks in the Capital Region. While residents cannot hand food to drivers during the event, there will be a number of drop off locations set up throughout the various municipalities.

A number of local groups, businesses and firefighters will be collecting donations the night of the event. Some include View Royal Fire Rescue collecting at Helmcken Road and Watkiss Way, Colwood Fire Rescue at Juan de Fuca Recreation Centre and Sands Funeral Home, Thrifty Foods in Colwood, Langford Fire Rescue at the corner of Verterans Memorial Parkway and Goldstream Avenue and Millstream Village.

Donations benefit a number of food banks including the James Bay Community Kitchen, the Mustard Seed, the Salvation Army and the Goldstream Food Bank. Over the years, the association has donated more than 154,000 pounds of food.

“We just want to create awareness in the community of how important it is [to donate] any time of the year, but Christmas and the winter time especially,” said Watt, noting many residents will set up their chairs along the 35-kilometre route around 3 p.m. the day of to ensure they get the best view possible.

“I’m just really proud of the association and all that they’ve accomplished over the years in giving back to the community where we all do work and play.”

For more information, food drop off locations and to track the convoy’s progress on Dec. 2, visit ieoa.ca.

kendra.wong@goldstreamgazette.com

Just Posted

Victoria landmarks to glow red in honour of World Tuberculosis Day

1,600 new cases of active TB reported in Canada every year

Victoria bowler strikes gold at World Special Olympics Games

Hours of training at Langford Lanes paved the way to gold for Patrick Reid

Colwood discusses parcel tax to help pay for sewer repair and replacement

Report submitted to committee recommends parcel tax for all residents

UPDATE: Missing 12-year-old girl found

Victora police say missing youth has been found and is safe

The blind lead the blind at the Pacific Training Centre

Centre specializes in teaching visually impaired people everyday skills to live an independent life

Protective human chain forms around Victoria mosque for Friday prayer

Islanders stand arm-in-arm to show support in aftermath of New Zealand shootings

1,300 cruise ship passengers rescued by helicopter amid storm off Norway’s coast

Rescue teams with helicopters and boats were sent to evacuate the cruise ship under extremely difficult circumstances

B.C. university to offer first graduate program on mindfulness in Canada

University of the Fraser Valley says the mostly-online program focuses on self-care and well being

Province announces $18.6 million for B.C. Search and Rescue

The funding, spread over three years, to pay for operations, equipment, and training

Late-season wave of the flu makes its round in B.C.

BC Centre for Disease Control reported 50 per cent jump in flu cases in first weeks of March

Tofino’s housing crisis causing some to seek shelter at the local hospital

Tofino’s housing crisis is pushing the town’s ‘hidden homeless’ population into the forefront.

Sentencing judge in Broncos crash calls for carnage on highways to end

Judge Inez Cardinal sentenced Jaskirat Singh Sidhu to eight years

Wildlife activists slam B.C. business, clubs for ‘wolf-whacking’ contests

Chilcotin Guns, Creston Valley Rod and Gun Club and West Kootenay Outdoorsmen Club under fire

‘Families torn apart:’ Truck driver in fatal Broncos crash gets 8-year sentence

Judge Inez Cardinal told court in Melfort, Sask., that Sidhu’s remorse and guilty plea were mitigating factors

Most Read