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SARTA and MaxiTRANS unite for farmers

The South Australian Road Transport Association (SARTA) and commercial trailer manufacturer, MaxiTRANS, have united for the inaugural Great Southern Hearts ‘Drive for Life’.

As part of the campaign 128 tonnes of donated hay and bagged feed will be carted from Western Australia to drought ravaged communities in New South Wales and South Australia.

‘Drive for Life’ will deliver feed to not-for-profit community organisations in the Kimba district of South Australia and Rankin Springs and Gunnedah, New South Wales.

The campaign kicked off this week in Kojonup with Australian Trucking Association CEO Ben Maguire and SARTA CEO Steve Shearer joining volunteers as they next head for Ceduna.

Maguire, a farmer himself, said he understood the hardships facing rural communities in drought-affected areas.

“Thanks to the support of MaxiTRANS and ATA Foundation Sponsors Volvo, BP and NTI, we’ve been able to join the drive and help those in need,” he said.

To assist in the delivery of the bagged feed, MaxiTRANS has generously loaned the ATA a drop-deck Tautliner trailer.

Andrew McKenzie, MaxiTRANS Group General Manager Sales & Marketing, said the company had been discussing how it could provide a more systemic and sustainable contribution to those adversely impacted by the drought.

“While a one-off cash contribution is always well received, providing free access to trailers to help deliver much needed supplies allows us to stretch our contribution to help so many more people while they need it most,” he said.

“Partnering with the ATA and its Foundation Sponsors felt like the most natural fit – literally pulling together as a team to deliver much needed relief to those affected communities.”

The donations of hay, feed and money are estimated in value of $100,00 and have been made by Western Australian companies Kojonup Feeds, Broomehill Stock Feeds and Bar Feeds.

According to Sharon Middleton SARTA President the trucking industry was in full support of the day in day out lifestyle of the community.

“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.

Conceived by Glenn ‘Yogi’ Kendall of Kendall Trucking & Co and Peter Wright of Peter Wright Transport to help those in need while promoting the transport industry and regional businesses.

According to Kendall it began as an urge to help those struggling. Support soon escalated from other operators, feed companies and farmers who shared the sentiment.

“Everyone is volunteering and doing this off their own back, investing time, equipment and resources. It’s really the true Australian way to look after each other,” Mr Kendall said.

“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,” he said.

(Image: Andrew McKenzie Group General Manager Sales & Marketing).

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