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Truck restoration project to support Motor Neurone Disease research

The next instalment of the Truck Restoration Series will raise funds for Motor Neurone Disease research National Transport Insurance (NTI) has announced.

According to Tony Clark, NTI CEO the next phase will be a bittersweet one for the organisation following the recent passing of his predecessor Wayne Patterson whose diagnosis prompted the company to help support research into finding a cure and a new research grant.

“We’re extremely proud to see our vision of establishing a research grant come to fruition,” said Clark.

“Feedback from the community has been astounding. They appreciate knowing exactly where their contributions are going, and what the grant represents – not just a commitment, but a legacy.”

“The inaugural NTI Research Grant has been awarded to Associate Professor Trent Woodruff at the University of Queensland for his project Manipulation of free fatty acid receptors to tame the immune response in MND.”

The project follows the previous restoration of a 1946 International Model K5 ‘Green Diamond’.

It raised $55,000 for the MND & Me Foundation.

A 1946 Ford Jailbar has been confirmed as the next truck in the series.

The Ford Jailbar was a popular choice after it received positive widespread reaction.

“The community love our Ford Jailbar, as do our NTI people – so it makes sense to strike while the iron is hot and do another one,” said Clark.

“The rebuild will again make use of an Isuzu Trucks N Series donor vehicle to ensure a smooth ride, easy drive, and modern day inclusions,” he said.

NTI are determined to exceed previous raffle sales, which will jointly be used by the MND Research Institute of Australia to award the NTI Research Grant, and MND & Me Foundation.

Raffle tickets will be available for purchase online in early 2019, and at the 2019 Brisbane Truck Show (Qld), in May, where the truck will be displayed.

The winner will also be drawn on the final day of the Brisbane Truck Show.

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