Local truckers showed their true colours and big hearts this Saturday at 'Big Rigs Big Hearts'.

The 5th annual truck rally raised money for the Alexander Sawatzky family and STARS Air Ambulance. In total the event raised $20,000, split evenly between STARS and the Sawatzkys.

The event was held at Main Plaza in Winkler and featured a record breaking 128 rigs, as well as food vendors, children's entertainment, and the annual convoy through the city.

Dan Sawatzky, the father of Alexander and one of the recipients of the fundraiser, explained truckers are sometimes labeled with a negative stereotype while they work hard to bring needed supplies and products across the country.

"Hats off to them. These guys are out there, they're plugging in some serious hours away from their families putting food on their tables, and ours," Sawatzky said.

He also thanked the community who came together to support them both in prayer and financially after the passing of his son.

"As soon as people started hearing what was going on, a lot of people right away started dropping to their knees and started praying... We legitimately believe that the prayers are the only thing that kept us going through it."

'Big Rigs Big Hearts' originally formed in response to helping out one of the founding members Pete Wall while a family member was in hospital.

Since then, organizer Karina Bueckert explains the event has come a long way.

"In the beginning, it was more just local guys coming together, just to kind of hang out having a barbecue kind of thing. Now we're at a point where we've grown so much to accommodate 128 trucks."

big rigs3A record breaking 128 rigs took over Winkler's Main Plaza on Saturday

Bueckert says it's their mission to bring the local trucking community together.

"I don't know if anybody has enough appreciation for truck drivers," says Bueckert.

big rigs2"...they're plugging in some serious hours away from their families putting food on their tables, and ours..."


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