LIVING LEGEND: The trucking community are giving back to Johnny 'The Ferret' Moran, who has helped countless people.
LIVING LEGEND: The trucking community are giving back to Johnny 'The Ferret' Moran, who has helped countless people. 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.

And now, even in his old age, Johnny Moran (who everyone calls 'The Ferret') is still doing what he can to help, working every Monday at the Beerwah Library as a qualified Justice of the Peace.

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

He set his sights on a lightweight mobility scooter he could take everywhere with him, but after approaching a government body for help he was shocked to hear that they couldn't help because he was older than 65.

Not to be deterred, he tried a few other charities but they couldn't help either.

He told his close friend Gloria Bell about it and after a moment's shock, she decided to reach out to the trucking community that Johnny had dedicated his life to and see if they could help.

Gloria 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 $3875 and Johnny said he was "absolutely gobsmacked" that so many people wanted to help him.

Another of Johnny's close friends, Tracey Rehe, took to Facebook to get some help.

"In a time where legends can be bought from Kenworth dealers, let's not be confused about what a real legend looks like," she said.

You can donate to the cause at 'Wheels for Johnny Ferret Moran'.

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