Charity day raises awareness of workplace health

Staff at Iveco came together for a football-themed charity day to raise awareness of TransHelp Foundation which supports truck drivers and their families
Staff at Iveco came together for a football-themed charity day to raise awareness of TransHelp Foundation which supports truck drivers and their families

IN A football-themed event, Trans-Help Foundation visited Iveco's Dandenong South head office and manufacturing plant to show their appreciation for the generous support given by Iveco. 

Iveco has been supporting Trans-Help Foundation's efforts towards promoting a better workplace health for transport drivers and their families for the past seven years. Over this period, the company has donated four Daily Vans. Using the Iveco vans as mobile health units, Trans-Help visits truck stops, changeover driver bays and trucking companies to conduct health checks for drivers and company staff, to highlight the importance of driver health and to offer support to their families.

"The vans enable our organisation to visit transport companies to conduct health checks not just for the drivers, but also the mechanics and office staff that the drivers depend on to make sure their load and truck are safe every time they go on the road," said Dianne Carroll, CEO, Trans-Help Foundation. "With our visit to Iveco we wanted to thank the company for their generous support with the four vans and the refurbishment of our first unit. This also gave us the opportunity to show their staff what we do."

"Supporters like Iveco enable Trans-Help to provide assistance to drivers - and their families - who have suffered road trauma or other issues that may affect their safety on the road," said Dianne. "The latest development for Trans-Help is the creation of a mobile device App that provides push notifications to drivers of traffic hazards. This enables them to re-route their journey to avoid traffic jams and reduce the amount of time lost from accidents or road closures."

"We conducted 47 free health checks for staff at Iveco during a four hour period, testing for blood pressure, pulse and sugar levels - all of which are indicators of work-related stress. With this knowledge, staff can then address the issues with their GP. A workplace health check gives a more realistic snapshot of a person's health than a visit to the GP after hours, away from the source of work stress."

"The day was intended to be a bit of fun for staff, celebrating the football finals, raise money and awareness for the Trans-Help Foundation. The funds raised by staff during the Footy Day have been matched by Iveco," said Stavros Yallouridis, Brand Leader, Iveco Australia. "We are honoured to be able to contribute directly to the health and wellbeing of the transport industry with the donation of the Daily Vans and their refurbishment, as well as initiatives such as the phone App and today's fundraising event; we will continue to support the Foundation."

In a day that saw staff come to work dressed in their team colours for a gold coin donation, Iveco raised several hundred dollars for the Foundation. Awards were given for the Most Passionately Dressed, Male and Female as well as for the winner of the Norm Smith Medal sweep. It was a day that brought health, wellbeing and staff morale to the forefront, for a positive step toward a better and safer workplace.

Topics:  charity day health transport trucks

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