Truck­ing in­dus­try pitches in for the ‘Drive for Life’

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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.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

HELP­ING OUT: ATA chief ex­ec­u­tive Ben Maguire with the trucks in Ce­duna.

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