Trans­port char­ity’s $100,000 bonus

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The Trans-Help Foun­da­tion will be able to do more to help trans­port work­ers and their fam­i­lies thanks to its founder, Di Car­roll, win­ning $100,000 from Amer­i­can Ex­press.

The prize was part of Oprah Win­frey’s visit to Aus­tralia and was de­signed to re­ward a group or an in­di­vid­ual for help­ing oth­ers.

Mrs Car­roll started Trans-Help five years ago and has worked round the clock dur­ing that time to help the foun­da­tion pro­vide sup­port to trans­port work­ers and their fam­i­lies who fall vic­tim to side ef­fects of the in­dus­try that in­clude road trauma, de­pres­sion and death.

She was stoked with her win, which will not only al­low the found- ation to help more peo­ple in the short-term but also raise aware­ness.

‘‘Win­ning has re­sulted in high­light­ing the need of the ser­vices we pro­vide and will now give us a grant base to help us grow more and help more suf­fer­ing within the in­dus­try,’’ Mrs Car­roll said.

‘‘More im­por­tantly, this is a win for the trans­port in­dus­try across the nation at the grass­roots level.’’

Trans-Help re­cently ben­e­fited from a char­ity auc­tion held at the world de­but of the CAT truck range near Uluru.

The art­work auc­tion raised $50,000, half of which went to the lo­cal in­dige­nous pop­u­la­tion and half to Trans-Help.

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