Steered to safety
An Isuzu truck is helping the Daniel Morcombe Foundation
A BRIGHT red truck has hit the road as part of a plan to raise child safety awareness.
The Isuzu rig is operated by the Daniel Morcombe Foundation, which was set up by Bruce and Denise Morcombe following the abduction and murder of their son in 2003.
The foundation works to educate children on staying safe and supports young victims of crime.
It is planning to take its truck to schools, fetes, community groups and various events as part of its ongoing safety push.
The truck is a medium duty NQR 450 with a 5.2-litre fourcylinder and has been fitted with a six-metre pantech body that was developed and built by Caboolture Truck Bodies, Prestige Caravan and RV Works.
Bruce Morcombe said the charity required a multipurpose truck.
‘‘ We required a truck that is versatile and can be used as a command centre, meeting point, stage, retail outlet, as well as provide an education and first aid facility,’’ Bruce says. He says the automated manual transmission option was also a drawcard.
‘‘ Other requirements were that it had adequate highway power and an automated transmission along with a range of creature comforts. We are not truckies doing huge kilometres per week, therefore comfort and easy driving were on the top of our list; along with a proven and established brand,’’ he says.
Bruce says the truck will make a big difference.
‘‘ The truck is a great addition to the charity,’’ he says. ‘‘ Not only does it help us to educate children but it also provides a place for the volunteers to have a quick cuppa between visiting schools.’’
He was also impressed with the way it turned out.
‘‘ Inside it looks like a motor home, fully equipped with a kitchen, sink and even a toilet,’’ he says.
The Daniel Morcombe Foundation is planning a Child Safety Day for Daniel on October 26.
For more information on the truck and the Daniel Morcombe Foundation, view www.danielmorcombe.com.au