Truck Cavalcade partnership with HB Today newspaper had already additionally assisted with Little Elms publicity during the 12 month lead-up to the Build-Off with numerous updates of onsite progress.
Sunday 12th October 2008 dawned with magnificent weather. For the patient local community who had put up with tradesmen’s vehicles and big loads of materials congesting Orchard Road all week there was a fun day with food, events, a band and play structures on Kirkpatrick Park.
Ten magnificently pimped trucks lined up along Orchard Road in one final territorial claim by local Road Transport Industry companies to greet the families for whom the premises were built; for the benefactors, for the dignitaries, for the hundreds of volunteers who had given their all, and for the well-wishers who turned up to demonstrate the true meaning of the words Aroha and Community and the benefit of their synergy.
Reverend Buck Johnson commenced the dedication with a Karakia, and speakers Ngahiwi Tomoana from Ngati Kahungunu, Hastings Mayor Lawrence Yule, Wairoa Mayor Les Probert, and TFHBCCCT’s founding Trustees, Ian Emmerson and Sandy Walker were enthusiastically received. Despite his deteriorating health it was a thrill to have John Elms present along with his son David and daughter Susan. Each of the 5 buildings was individually blessed by a local minister or chaplain and then the gathered guests and public were able to inspect the project.
The almost obsessive commitment by a number of passionate Hawkes Bay people positioned the project as the greatest example of community spirit since Fantasyland in Hastings and Princess Alexandra Hospital in Ahuriri were completed in 1967 and 1972 respectively.
The title of the Cavalcade and Ride in a Truck Day’s promoter was changed to Trucking for Hawkes Bay Child Care Charitable Trust (TFHBCCCT) in July 2014 and there was further rationalisation with the LE Village being separated from the Cavalcade to more ideally reflect the purpose, the site and the financials. Little Elms Charitable Trust (LECT) became the