Trucking industry pitches in for the ‘Drive for Life’
AS AUSTRALIA battles the worst drought in decades, the Australian Trucking Association, South Australian Road Transport Association and trailer manufacturer MaxiTRANS joined West Australian truckies to lend a hand.
SARTA president Sharon Middleton, chief executive Steve Shearer and ATA chief executive Ben Maguire joined volunteers in the inaugural Great Southern Hearts “Drive for Life” as they carted 128 tonnes of donated hay and bagged feed from Western Australia to drought-stricken communities in South Australia and NSW.
MaxiTRANS generously loaned the ATA a drop-deck Tautliner trailer to assist in the delivery of bagged feed to Rankin Springs, NSW.
Ms Middleton said the trucking industry supported the community’s daily lifestyle day in, day out.
“It’s a strong Australian tradition to lend a helping hand to those in need, so SARTA and our members are pleased to be able to help our farmers,” she said.
The Great Southern Hearts “Drive for Life” was established by trucking operators Glenn “Yogi” Kendall, of Kendall Trucking and Co, and Peter Wright, of Peter Wright Transport, to help those in need while promoting the transport industry and regional businesses.
“It started off with just Peter and I thinking we should do something to help those doing it tough but before we knew it we had support coming in from other operators as well as various feed companies and farmers,” Mr Kendall said.
West Australian companies Kojonup Feeds, Broomehill Stock Feeds, Bar Feeds and the local community have donated an estimated $100,000 worth of hay, feed and money towards the drive.
“Everyone is volunteering and doing this off their own back, investing time, equipment and resources,” Mr Kendall said.
“It’s really the true Australian way to look after each other.
“I’m really chuffed to have the assistance of the ATA and all those involved. I’m just one voice with one truck, so it’s great to have their support.”
The “Drive for Life” will deliver hay and feed to not-for-profit community organisations in the Kimba district of South Australia and Rankin Springs and Gunnedah in NSW.
HELPING OUT: ATA chief executive Ben Maguire with the trucks in Ceduna.