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Cat® Trucks’ Art Painting a Good Picture for Industry

Cat Trucks’ donate $20,000 to a driving cause

Funds raised from a Cat trucks’ art auction will assist key transport industry charity Transhelp Foundation continue to offer support to industry personnel in times of crisis and need.

Presenting Foundation CEO Dianne Carroll with a $20,000 cheque – the proceeds of an art auction held at the Cat Trucks gala launch at Uluru in late November 2010 – Cat trucks General Manager, Sales & Marketing, Jeff Tyzack said the company was proud to be associated with an organisation delivering grass roots support to drivers and their families.

“While we are newcomers in the road transport industry we are readily prepared to offer support to those at the forefront of the industry.”

Many of the Cat trucks team have been long-term supporters of the Transhelp Foundation and we grasped the opportunity to dovetail a charity auction into our launch program to help raise funds.

“Transhelp lends valuable support to those in times of need and as a leader in the industry Cat Trucks believe that it is only appropriate to play our part and give something back” Mr Tyzack said.

Transhelp Foundation was established five years ago to offer support to spouses and families of drivers killed in road accidents. Since then it has broadened its focus to assist drivers and associated personnel in addressing mental and physical health issues.

Establishing a national head office, call centre and respite accommodation in Tarcutta in 2009, Transhelp has seen a rapidly increasing demand for its services, CEO Dianne Carroll said.

“Over time we identified that there was also a lot of health issues for drivers which were a contributing factor to fatigue and fatalities so we trialled a support program and a mobile health unit that’s on the road providing preventative health checks for drivers.”

“We’ve been amazed by the success of the mobile vans and we also are seeing the 24/7 support line calls increasing all the time,” Mrs Carroll said.

We have a lot of people with health and depression issues seeking support as well as increasing numbers of drivers having to deal with suicides involving their trucks, and we work with the Salvation Army to help drivers with financial problems.”

“Whatever funds we’ve raised have always been used directly for Transhelp so the support Cat trucks has given will help the respite and rehab facility at Tarcutta.

“The long term benefit of that for the industry is phenomenal,” Mrs Carroll said.

“Jeff Tyzack has been involved with Transhelp since our launch and it’s so good to know that through him Cat Trucks is now involved.

“We are absolutely stoked for this cheque and the ongoing support Cat Trucks are offering – it is brilliant,” Mrs Carroll said.

Cat Trucks ongoing relationship with Transhelp was further cemented when the Cat Trucks concluded its national ride and drive program at the Tarcutta changeover last week. The Cat CT610 and CT630 models and the Transhelp health check van coincided with a fundraiser BBQ held by friends to raise some much needed money to support the wife and children whose father, a well liked friend for many truck drivers who was recently killed in a road accident.

“Cat trucks together with the Transhelp health van used the BBQ as an opportunity to let drivers know of the support available through our services, highlight road safety and help raise funds for the family. We appreciate Cat Trucks donating to this cause as well.”

“Their support is very much appreciated,” Mrs Carroll said.

For information about Transhelp, contact Dianne Carroll 1300 787 996

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