Article: Interlake Sun
Saturday, September 14, 2013
Pink tends to stand out in a crowd, especially when it’s a large gravel truck painted in that particular colour.
The sight is one not seen often, if anywhere, in Manitoba. That is why there has been a lot of people pulling over to the side of the road in West St. Paul, as well as calling, texting, and sharing photos on Facebook over the last week when a pink truck was spotted.
North Main Trucking decided to update their fleet with five new trucks recently, and owner Peter Vogiatzakis was joking around with his staff saying he was going make them drive a pink truck. The idea turned out not to be a bad one, as they ordered a ‘breast cancer’ pink truck to raise awareness and money for cancer.
“City of Winnipeg has a pink fire truck, City Mix has a pink cement truck, so I just figure that I would throw it into the industry to put a pink gravel truck,” explained Vogiatzakis.
“Construction jobs, big tough, macho guys sort of thing, and you have a pink truck pulling on the job site – you get all of the attention in the world.”
In addition to raising cancer awareness and money for research, the driver of this particular truck is a cancer survivor himself.
“The driver who is driving that truck, he had cancer they told him that he wasn’t going to make it. They sent him to BC for some kind of test or trials or something for cancer treatments, and he came back cancer free after five weeks,” explained Vogiatzakis of his employee. “He’s the guy who’s driving that truck. He’s been through cancer and he’s beat it.”
Vogiatzakis’ business is going to donate $1 to the Canadian Cancer Society for every working hour the truck is on the road within the next year, and possibly beyond that. Vogiatzakis estimated North Main Trucking will donate anywhere from $7,000 to $10,000 by this time next year. He explained he intends to approach other businesses at that time to see if they will match his donation.
“Since ’96 we’ve always been working for people and taking, and taking so it’s a time in our life where we’re doing ok and we decided to give back a little bit now.”
Vogiatzakis received the custom-ordered truck about one week ago, and “it hasn’t even hit the street yet” work wise. However, it did appear Sept. 14 in the world’s largest truck convoy for the Special Olympics.
“Hopefully everyone will be able to see the truck in its travels,” said Vogiatzakis.
“It will be seen… That has a breast cancer ribbon on the hood so even if people are in cranes or in tall buildings they can look down and see the huge ribbon.”