Saturday, October 4, a parade of sparkling clean
and newly painted trucks and equipment from
Walker Industries migrated down the road to
Niagara College. There they were joined by
vehicles from Niagara Emergency Medical Services,
Niagara Regional Police, Region of Niagara, the
Niagara-on-the-Lake Fire Department, a chopper
from Niagara Helicopters as well as a grape
picker, a tow truck, race cars and an excavator.
These vehicles and equipment were gathered
to raise money for children’s literacy in Niagara.
Touch a Truck is designed for fun and to raise
awareness of the importance of reading to our
children on a daily basis. This fundraiser has
thrilled the children of Niagara every other year
The event was the brainchild of John and Carol Walker who, with their grandson Logan, attended a Touch a Truck event in Connecticut and decided to make it happen in Niagara. Not only are we the main sponsors of the event, our employees are actively involved in making the day a success.
The late Gene Fortin, Equipment Manager, was the master-mind for the logistics for the day. Gene was instrumental in making Touch a Truck a reality from its inception. He will be missed.
Brian Doucette, a driver for Woodington Systems Inc., who has been involved with the event for a number of years, said, “I love the excitement of the youngsters as they explore so many trucks up close.”
Over $50,000 has been raised for children’s literacy since the first Touch a Truck event.