Riding shotgun in a big truck as part of Special Rigs for
Special Kids is the highlight of 9-year-old cancer survivor
Phoenix Clarkson's year.
Phoenix was one of hundreds of children who took part in the
convoy which drove from the Edgar Centre in Dunedin to
Mosgiel and back yesterday.
Phoenix had been riding trucks at the event for about six
years, after being diagnosed with leukaemia when he was 2. In
that time, he had developed a love of trucks.
''I want to be a truck driver,'' he said.
His grandmother Lynne Robins said it was the highlight of his
Phoenix's leukaemia had been in remission for about three
Yesterday was the first time his brother Seth (4) had been
part of the convoy.
Event organiser Greg Inch said at least 200 trucks and other
vehicles took part yesterday.
The event was in its 23rd year and had a simple aim.
''It's about basically giving kids a ride in a truck,'' Mr
The experience of seeing the smiles on the children's faces
kept the drivers coming back.