Truck Show speaker’s men­tal health mes­sage

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No-one is im­mune to de­te­ri­o­rat­ing men­tal health, and this is the mes­sage Steve Matthews in­tends to share with the trans­port in­dus­try as a De­niliquin & District Wall of Fame din­ner guest speaker next week.

Mr Matthews is a Lock­hart farmer and for­mer trans­port com­pany owner, and now also ded­i­cates his time to sup­port­ing peo­ple strug­gling with men­tal health through the or­gan­i­sa­tion Rive­rina Blue­bell. It is com­mit­ted to rais­ing aware­ness of men­tal health is­sues in the Rive­rina and en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to get help and sup­port.

Mr Matthews is one of four guest speak­ers con­firmed for the Wall of Fame din­ner, which will be held at the De­niliquin RSL Club on Fri­day, Septem­ber 7.

He said the aim of his in­volve­ment is to raise aware­ness of men­tal health is­sues in the trans­port in­dus­try and the gen­eral com­mu­nity.

He aims to share his own ex­pe­ri­ences work­ing in the in­dus­try.

‘‘I have lived all my life in Lock­hart and started in the trans­port in­dus­try at 18, mak­ing me the youngest ever com­pany driver for Golden Fleece,’’ Mr Matthews said.

‘‘I then spent 18 months at teach­ers’ col­lege, did some pro­fes­sional fox shoot­ing and bar work be­fore driv­ing for Mo­bil.

‘‘I then took on a Golden Fleece deal­er­ship as the youngest ever agent, and moved in to bulk haulage in the 1980s.

‘‘I built up to 16 trucks be­fore sell­ing the busi­ness in the mid2000s, and have spent the last three years farm­ing and do­ing char­ity work with Rive­rina Blue­bell.’’

The Wall of Fame din­ner kicks off the three day cel­e­bra­tion to the trans­port in­dus­try held in De­niliquin each Septem­ber.

The din­ner, which starts at 6pm, will in­clude the in­duc­tion of this year’s Wall of Fame re­cip­i­ents.

It will also in­clude other guest speaker ad­dresses from Ron Finemore Trans­port ex­ec­u­tive chair­man Ron Finemore AO.

The din­ner is fol­lowed by the De­niliquin Truck Show & In­dus­try Expo at Memo­rial Park from 10am on Satur­day, Septem­ber 8.

Wall of Fame din­ner tick­ets, which in­clude a two course meal, are avail­able from Deni RSL Club’s re­cep­tion for $50 per per­son.

Steve Matthews.

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