Char­ity truck restora­tion un­der­way

Owner Driver - - Owner/Driver - – Cobey Bar­tels

IN AUS­TRALIA there are about 2000 peo­ple cur­rently af­fected by Mo­tor Neu­rone Dis­ease ( MND) and, with an av­er­age life ex­pectancy of just 27 months fol­low­ing di­ag­no­sis, the ab­sence of a known cure for the neu­rode­gen­er­a­tive dis­ease is some­thing MND and Me Foun­da­tion is work­ing to solve.

Sadly, one of those peo­ple af­fected is for­mer Na­tional Trans­port In­surance ( NTI) CEO Wayne Pat­ter­son, who was di­ag­nosed with MND two years ago.

Wayne de­cided to raise aware­ness and live his life to the fullest while the dis­ease took hold, some­thing that in­spired his for­mer em­ploy­ers to step in with the Truck Restora­tion char­ity se­ries.

“The de­ci­sion was to live as well as I could, and cram as much as I can into the re­main­ing years,” Wayne says.

“We’ve got a long way to go to find a cure … so ev­ery dol­lar raised through this ini­tia­tive with NTI is go­ing to save the lives of thou­sands of peo­ple.”

NTI ser­vice provider li­ai­son Don Geer, and man­ager of sup­plier re­la­tion­ships, Peeter Liiv, have taken on the restora­tion pro­ject and you’d be hard pressed find­ing two more pas­sion­ate men for the job.

“The jour­ney for Peeter and I has been pretty much full on,” Don says, as the pair fo­cuses on not just the truck restora­tion, but en­cour­ag­ing the sup­port of MND and Me through­out the se­ries.

“Wayne Pat­ter­son has MND and so it’s re­ally im­por­tant peo­ple get a ticket and sup­port MND and Me re­search to hope­fully find a cure for it down the track,” he adds.

Owner//Driver did a live walk-around of the truck at the Bris­bane Truck Show and, while it ran, drove and looked the part, the lead-up to get­ting it there wasn’t free of hic­cups.

“One of the dif­fi­cul­ties was that we couldn’t get king­pins for the front axle, so Peeter and I went out to Dalby to look for some bits off an old truck we knew of,” Don ex­plains.

“It had a whole front axle and a few other bits we could use to mod­ernise the restora­tion, so we bought it!”

Don and Peeter saw huge suc­cess at the Bris­bane Truck Show and the old In­ter was never free of an ea­ger crowd of nos­tal­gic on­look­ers.

Wayne Pat­ter­son him­self vis­ited the show and was over­joyed as Don and Peeter walked him through the ins and outs of the K5, a vi­brant smile on his face through­out.

As the restora­tion rolls on, Don has told us that while he can’t give too much away on the next episode, the truck is now in pieces!

“Lead­ing into episode three, we’ve com­pletely dis­man­tled it and we’re start­ing the full process of the restora­tion,” he says.

“Bris­bane Iveco has been kind enough to give us full reign of their work­shop, equip­ment and trades­men.”

The 1946 In­ter­na­tional Model K5 will be raf­fled off once the ground-up resto has re­turned the ‘Green Di­a­mond’ to its for­mer glory, with all pro­ceeds do­nated to MND and Me Foun­da­tion.

The raf­fle will be drawn on Septem­ber 1 and the three fi­nal­ists will each be given a key and flown to Bris­bane on the 15th of that month.

Each fi­nal­ist will try their in­di­vid­ual key in the resto’d banger and one will walk away with the truck, while the other two fi­nal­ists each score a $2000 BP Fuel voucher.

Left to Right: NTI ser­vice provider li­ai­son Don Geer, for­mer NTI CEO Wayne Pat­ter­son and NTI man­ager sup­plier re­la­tion­ships Peeter Liiv

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