Outstanding show of support for mental health
MaxiTRANS has raised over $19,000 for R U OK? Day after donating a percentage of sales on September 12, and holding a number of fundraising activities earlier in the year.
MaxiTRANS and its staff, in conjunction with longest-standing dealer partner Mildura Truck Centre, joined together to support this great cause, with 1% of the purchase price from all new trailers, truck bodies ordered, and parts purchased from participating outlets.
This year, MaxiTRANS, also commissioned a Freighter T-Liner semi-trailer with R U OK? branded curtains - sponsored by Fleetmark. The trailer will continue to create awareness for R U OK? throughout the year.
A company-wide campaign was held on the day for its staff, which included donations, wearing yellow, taking time out to ask each other about their own welfare, as well as internally promoting discussion around the importance of mental health. Sites also had speakers sharing personal experiences about their own mental health.
This year brings MaxiTRANS' total donation to almost $45,000, since its first R U OK? Day campaign in September 2017.
MaxiTRANS Managing Director and CEO, Dean Jenkins, said that R U OK? Day is a national day of action to empower us to ask, 'Are you okay?'
Furthermore, Dean said that MaxiTRANS is committed to improving safety for both our customers and our staff.
"This is why we are actively involved with many Industry bodies driving the safety agenda for all of our customers and the greater road users," he said.
"We place significant emphasis on safety at all our facilities. MaxiTRANS has been especially proud of delivering a 48% reduction in the Total Injury Frequency Rate over the past 12 months.
"Safety is a fundamental driver not only in the development of all of our products but it also extends through one of our company values to "Send all our people home safely".
Safety today, whether it be at home or at work,is not just physical it includes mental wellbeing, said Dean.
"Which is why in addition to the mental awareness campaign, MaxiTRANS also makes professional services available to our staff and families as part of ongoing support."
Dean also added that it was important for the industry to not limit suicide prevention awareness to one day a year.
"If you see someone struggling, at any time, ask them 'R U OK?'".
- If you or someone you know is in need of crisis or suicide prevention support, please call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or visit www.lifeline.org.au/gethelp .