Truck drivers normally hate congestion, but none of the drivers in the 590-truck traffic jam on Mother’s Day in Lancaster, Pa., seemed to mind.
The annual Make-A-Wish Mother’s Day Truck Convoy set an unofficial world record for the world’s longest truck convoy. Validation by the Guinness Book of World Records will take a while, but Sunday’s event seems to have shattered the previous official record of 416 trucks, set in the Netherlands, and is a high for the Make-A-Wish event, which has been held for 27 years.
More importantly, the convoy is estimated to have raised at least $350,000 for Make-A-Wish Philadelphia, North Delaware and Susquehanna Valley, a charity that grants wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions.
The event began with one little boy’s wish to ride in a truck and talk to his sister on CB radio, and thanks to the generosity of truckers, has grown into an all-day family celebration that raises hundreds of thousands of dollars.
An estimated 6,000 to 7,000 people enjoyed a carnival before the trucks began to roll out, and spectators lined the 26-mile loop in central Pennsylvania, cheering for the truckers, who answered with blasts of their horns.
More than 120 Make-A-Wish children rode in trucks, which took nearly two hours to exit the industrial parking lot where they queued up. The RoadPro Family of Brands is the primary sponsor of the event.