The trucking community are giving back to Johnny 'The Ferret' Moran, who has helped countless people
The trucking community are giving back to Johnny 'The Ferret' Moran, who has helped countless people Kirstin Payne

Five positive stories you might have missed this week

HERE are five positive trucking stories you might have missed this week

'He was my guardian angel with 12 wheels'

MUM Rachel Taylor thanked a truckie for guiding her through a dark New South Wales highway when she wasn't feeling her most confident on the roads.

She said truck drivers were professionals and they knew the roads like the back of their hands.

Rachel Taylor thanked her highway
Rachel Taylor thanked her highway "guardian angel".

"They know you're there and they're sort of keeping a backwards eye on you. It's little things like they put on their indicators to tell you where the (road is a bit rough). It just made the whole thing from what could have been an extremely frightening experience, I wasn't frightened anymore."

 

Mrs Taylor shared her story in a post on her Facebook page, thanking the driver for being her "guardian angel with 12 wheels".

Convoy raised more than $50k for sick kids

HUNDREDS of trucks and motorbikes hit the road on Sunday to raise money for children's charity Camp Quality.

"It's been a wonderful day with drivers, riders and members of the public coming together to raise money for Camp Quality," Truckline's Territory Business Manager (VIC/TAS) Casey Stewart said.

While it's too early to put an exact figure on the funds raised, Camp Quality State Manager for Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia, Kendra Overall said the signs pointed to a great day.

"Over $50,000 was generated across all the different ways that the community supported us. This goes a long way to allowing us to provide children the opportunity to participate in our program and services."

This book shop offers discounts to truckies who like to read

TO SAY thank you for "keeping Australia going", book shop and book exchange owner Di Zelcestor-Colistor is offering a 50 per cent discount to all bookworm truckies who stop in at her Queensland shop.

"I knew a few truckies who read books and thought, you know what, what a good way to give back," she said of her decision.

"They work through the holidays without seeing their kids, work a lot of hours and put up with an awful lot of crap on the roads."

Di's generous offer is valid upon presenting your heavy vehicle licence.

With some donations are (from left) Jane English with Sandy Aldcroft, Shayna Reeves and Helen Vanbrugh of Western Cape Real Estate.
With some donations are (from left) Jane English with Sandy Aldcroft, Shayna Reeves and Helen Vanbrugh of Western Cape Real Estate. Alf Wilson

Angel Jane springs into action

JANE English is the manager for Hawkins Transport at remote Weipa on Cape York and is a genuine Good Samaritan who started a collection to assist farmers in drought stricken and communities affected by floods.

"I watched the horror unfold in New South Wales and Queensland and it cut me deeply to think of those poor buggers losing so many animals," she said.

"Animals they loved, had bought up from calves, got through years of drought, only to perish when the rains finally came.

"It would be bloody soul destroying. So, my thought was 'how can I help, what can I do?'

"And then I thought, the people here in Weipa are always leaving town, moving house, cleaning out the shed, or selling unused items, so I put up a post on Secrets of Weipa, asking people to donate their items instead of just dumping them."

Jane said the response was overwhelming.

Truck judges Fabian Andrews and Johnny 'The Ferret' Moran at the Rosewood Festival. Photo: Claudia Baxter / The Queensland Times
Truck judges Fabian Andrews and Johnny 'The Ferret' Moran at the Rosewood Festival. Photo: Claudia Baxter / The Queensland Times Claudia Baxter

Help 'The Ferret' get some new wheels

'THE FERRET' has made a name for himself as being a person dedicated to helping out others as best he can.

He was one of the original co-founders of Convoy for Kids and has had much to do with the charity raising more than $26 million.

Johnny will soon be celebrating his 87th birthday but after various health ailments, has a bit of trouble getting around.

After being knocked back by several organisations when he tried to get help purchasing a mobility scooter, his friend Gloria Bell set up a GoFundMe page with a goal of raising $10,000 so the Morans could purchase two scooters, one for Johnny and one for his wife Margo.

"After all the countless years, months and hours this wonderful icon of the transport industry has given to others, I feel that it is time we all give back to him," she said.

So far, the page has raised $7,520 and Johnny said he was "absolutely gobsmacked" that so many people wanted to help him.

You can donate here.

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