VIDEO: ‘Convoy for Wilder’ brought little boy’s sandbox to life in memory of boy killed in driveway

Lights flashing, fire trucks join the ‘Convoy for Wilder’ through Cobble Hill on Sunday, July 7. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Lights flashing, fire trucks join the ‘Convoy for Wilder’ through Cobble Hill on Sunday, July 7. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Lights flashing, fire trucks join the ‘Convoy for Wilder’ through Cobble Hill on Sunday, July 7. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Lights flashing, fire trucks join the ‘Convoy for Wilder’ through Cobble Hill on Sunday, July 7. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Lights flashing, fire trucks join the ‘Convoy for Wilder’ through Cobble Hill on Sunday, July 7. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Farm equipment forms part of the ‘Convoy for Wilder’ through Cobble Hill. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Lights flashing, fire trucks join the ‘Convoy for Wilder’ through Cobble Hill on Sunday, July 7. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Trucks of all sorts, decorated with purple and blue balloons parade along Cobble Hill Road Sunday during the ‘Convoy for Wilder’. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Trucks of all sorts, decorated with purple and blue balloons parade along Cobble Hill Road Sunday during the ‘Convoy for Wilder’. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Sporty trucks, collector cars, and other vehicles all decorated for the event take part in the the ‘Convoy for Wilder’. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Sporty trucks, collector cars, and other vehicles all decorated for the event take part in the the ‘Convoy for Wilder’. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)
Trucks of all sorts, decorated with purple and blue balloons parade along Cobble Hill Road Sunday during the ‘Convoy for Wilder’. (Lexi Bainas/Citizen)

A special parade, called the Convoy for Wilder wound its way along Cobble Hill’s quiet roads on Sunday, July 7.

“We were trying to bring a little boy’s sandbox to life,” says organizer Raymond Ridge, a friend of the family of young Wilder World, who died tragically in an accident in his own driveway at the end of June.

Big trucks, little trucks, farm equipment, fire trucks, motorcycles, “everything that will make a kid’s eyes light up” was to be part of the cavalcade, he said.

They were there, too.

Assembling at Country Grocer at Valleyview and then heading out at 3 p.m. along Cobble Hill Road, the cavalcade only ran into one slight problem: it was pouring rain throughout the event.

But that didn’t stop anyone, and lots of families lined up along the roads of Cobble Hill to watch everyone drive by.

“We talked to the RCMP and found we couldn’t stop. We had to do a continuous loop and then disperse from there,” Ridge said.

They left Country Grocer then travelled down Cobble Hill Road, to Hutchinson Road and made an immediate left on Watson Road, and finally a right in front of Evergreen School where a memorial service for Wilder took place.

Even though they couldn’t stop they wanted to bring the street alive with childlike excitement, Ridge said.

“We’re going to bring the boy’s toys out of the sandbox alive for them and show ‘em what we’ve got. We’re not carrying toys, we’re bringing what a boy would have in his sandbox to real life: sand trucks, dump trucks, cement trucks, Harleys, police cars, fire trucks. We’re bringing everything a kid plays with in his sandbox. We’re having a convoy.

“Those young boys witnessed what happened to their brother, and everybody’s going to be upset at the service. I’m just trying to make everybody get a piece of happiness. It’s going to be super cool. I’m not looking for anything out of it. I just want to see the family happy. I know Travis the father really well. I know Pam the mother really well. We all went to school together: all local from the Cowichan Valley. I knew, with my line of work, and the people I associate with, I knew I could make this happen. It’s become awesome. I’m just doing this for the kids. They’re under the age of eight. As soon as they see fire trucks, the farm equipment, they’re going to light up. They’ll be smiling, laughing and pointing. That’s all I want to make happen,” he said.

Just Posted

Robert Barron column: Where are the fringe candidates?

Make this election more interesting and informative for everybody

Somenos Marsh viewing tower near completion

October a busy month for the Somenos Marsh Wildlife Society

Andrea Rondeau column: Reckoning coming on vaping

Those producing and selling vaping products have convinced a whole new generation to smoke

Popular Parkrun comes to Cowichan

Shawnigan Hills joins global phenomenon starting on Sept. 28

VIDEO: Grizzly bears fight along northern B.C. highway in rare footage

Cari McGillivray posted the head-turning video, shot near Stewart, B.C., to social media

B.C. VIEWS: School officials join fact-free ‘climate strike’

Students, public get distorted picture of greenhouse gases

VIDEO: A moment to remember during the World Lacrosse Men’s Indoor Championship in B.C.

Diego Hernandez Valenzuela’s team lost, but he felt like a winner Saturday

Handgun crackdown, health spending and transit plans latest campaign promises

Friday was the end of a busy week on the campaign trail

B.C. woman photographs massive ant swarm on Abbotsford driveway

She asked what the ants were doing? The answer: war

Iconic 90s TV show ‘Friends’ celebrates 25th anniversary

The iconic, decade-long television show aired its first episode 25 years ago today

Police arrest B.C. phone scammer linked to illegal call centres in India

Person arrested in Burnaby here on a work visa, says police

Air Canada forced girl, 12, to remove hijab: civil rights group

The San Francisco Bay Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations calling for change

Most Read