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Convoy against cancer

Alberta women are ready to roll for a great cause this weekend.

Men are generally associated with the trucking industry, but in 2008, an Ontario woman came up with an idea to celebrate women who do this non-traditional line of work.

The first Convoy For A Cure rolled on Oct. 18, 2008 in Ontario in support of breast cancer research and last year, Albertans decided to join the haul.

“We’re really under-noticed, I guess is the best way to put it,” said organizer Kristin McCallum.

“Everybody thinks that there aren’t very many women out there and there is actually.”

Twenty-one truckers turned out last year and raised over $21,000, so McCallum is hoping for at least the same amount this year.

“We made over $21,000 so it wasn’t bad for our first year,” she said.

“I’m aiming for $30,000 this year.”

This year’s convoy will be held in conjunction with Lesco Distributors Pro Show n’ Shine, giving any men that want to participate a way to do so.

The convoy begins at Blackjacks Roadhouse in Nisku and rolls south down the QEII to Highway 616 and then loops back up to Blackjacks, a 65-kilometre route.

The convoy starts at 10 a.m. and the party kicks off at noon.

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