Steered to safety

An Isuzu truck is help­ing the Daniel Mor­combe Foun­da­tion

The Courier-Mail - Motoring - - BIG WHEELS -

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.daniel­mor­

James Stan­ford

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