On Saturday, April 11th, the highways of Alberta were filled with more than 120 BB trucks as the members convoyed from various corners of Alberta to Edmonton where they hosted their latest fundraiser.
The Berta Boys/Babes Truck Club is a group of guys and gals that enjoy their trucks but more than that, they love to help others in need.
As the BB admin sifted through many requests from people asking for their help, a final decision for this fundraiser was made. They would rally around two separate families… a single mother of three from Edson who recently lost their home to a fire and a gentleman from Wetaskiwin who is battling cancer and has fallen on hard times. According to the BB admin they are both very worthy causes and in need of their help.
Wholesale Sports on St. Albert Trail in Edmonton was more than happy to assist the club by allowing more than 120 Berta Boys & Berta Babes trucks to take over their parking lot. They also very generously donated the use of their BBQ and other supplies for this fundraiser. The Wetaskiwin CO-OP kindly helped out with a donation as well.
Josh Lemire is the founder of the Berta Boys/Berta Babes truck club which was created in August of 2014. He posted the BB Truck Club on Facebook, as the word got out, truck owners were eager to join. Josh’s motto is, “If you own a truck and show respect, you are welcome!”
As the club began to grow, Josh was more than happy to have his sister Tisha (1st Berta Babe) as well as his friends, Keegan Elder and Erin Gorbahn help him manage the memberships and carry out other admin responsibilities. The Berta Boys / Berta Babes (BB) members can be identified by the customized decal that is displayed in the rear window of their trucks.
Due to the overwhelming interest in the group, the admin have designed smaller BB decals for their members/supporters that drive cars, vans, SUV’s or Jeeps. “Show respect & you are welcome to join!” Josh never imagined this club would grow as rapidly as it has. To date there are over 2,750 members and supporters on the BB Facebook page.
As the winds picked up and the rain came down in Edmonton, the Berta Boys / Berta Babes continued with their fundraising mission and when it was all said and done, they raised around $3000 for the two families.
Lisa Quesseth-Brown and her family felt quite overwhelmed by the generosity of the BB Truck group. Although Bill Lacroix was unable to attend, his wife Debbie and their family spent the afternoon at the event. Both families were amazed by the amount of BB trucks that showed up, but were astounded by the number of complete strangers that rallied together and were willing to help their families out in time of need.