GEAR CHANGE: To raise funds and awareness for mental health, the Heywood Truck Show organisers created a calendar, featuring this image.
GEAR CHANGE: To raise funds and awareness for mental health, the Heywood Truck Show organisers created a calendar, featuring this image. Contributed

Why are these truckies in their undies?

BACK in the day, men didn't talk about their problems and they suffered in silence.

Australia's truck drivers are not immune to mental health issues, so Lindy Annett, the founder of South West Road Transport Wall of Legends, wanted to do something to show them they are not alone.

After talking ideas over with friends, it wasn't long until the idea to do a fundraising calendar was born, supporting Let's Talk.

"Their mission is breaking the mental health stigma - it's unnecessary suffering when you think about it,” Lindy said.

"Drivers over think sometimes and we just want them to know they're not alone, there's always a mate or someone to talk to, don't be scared.”

The calendar, which features some fantastic photos including one of more than a dozen truckies stripped down to their underwear standing in front of a truck, will be launched at the Heywood Truck Show, to be held at the Heywood Recreation Reserve in southwest Victoria on February 23.

Lindy said she had been involved with the show for about four years as her family owned a trucking business.

"I founded the Legends wall out of admiration for the industry. Heywood is a country town and I wanted to show my kids that just because you live in a country town doesn't mean you can't do anything or show some recognition and appreciation for what people do here.

"Forestry is a huge thing here and I wanted the general public to appreciate the sacrifices these people make for them to live daily.”

Lindy said the truck show was a great family day with something for everyone - something for the kids, for the spouse and truck drivers had the chance to catch up with each other.

She said another six "trucking icons” would be revealed on the day of the show and added to the South West Road Transport Wall of Legends.

Other highlights of the day include trade stalls, market stalls, a forestry display, live entertainment, fireworks and much more.

Kharnacross will perform and an "epic stunt rider truck jump”.

Entry is $25 per adult, $15 for teens aged 15 to 18 and children under 15 can enter free.

Gates open 7am and judging for the truck show starts at 11am, with the presentation at 3.30pm.

You can buy the calendar at the show or message organisers on the show's Facebook page.

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