The off highway truckers overload fund, created by the Off Highway Truckers Group and Babine Forest Products, have distributed over $270,900 to non-profit organizations in the Lakes District since its inception.
The fund started in the 1989/90 logging season. The way it works is that weight hauled in excess of the maximum allowable weight of the loads hauled on the off highway logging roads is not paid to the log hauler. Instead, the excess weight is paid to a special holding account at Babine Forest Products.
This fund, administered by the Off Highway Truckers Group, is distributed to local charities and non-profit organizations on an annual basis.
This year alone, approximately $18,600 have been distributed to several organizations in the Lakes District.
The Off Highway Truckers has recently handed out cheques to the Burns Lake Fire Fighters Association in the amount of $5000, and the Burns Lake and District Health Care Auxiliary in the amount of $3000, the Burns Lake and District Health Care Auxiliary; $500 to the Burns Lake Youth Soccer Club; $1000 to the Grassy Plains Community Hall; $3000 to the Burns Lake Snowmobile Club; $1000 to the Tweedsmuir Park Rod and Gun Club; $2600 to the Pinkut Fish Float; and another donation was made to the Burns Lake Search and Rescue Society for $2500.