A Daily helping hand for Trans-Help

The Trans-Help Foundation’s important and strategic work towards making Australian roads a safer and healthier environment for truck drivers has been boosted by the donation of three Daily vans by IVECO Trucks Australia during the past three years.

The Trans-Help Foundation is a national organisation which assists and supports transport employees and their families who are in crisis, suffering from hardship, health issues or trauma. In addition to the three Daily Vans already donated, IVECO Trucks Australia chose the recent Brisbane Truck Show as the venue to donate an additional Daily van for 2013.

One of the most important initiatives of Trans-Help is its Mobile Health and Support Unit (MHSU)—a re-locatable IVECO-Release-TransHelp 2013_1health consulting suite—that is moved around the country visiting truck stops and transport changeover bays. The MHSU staff offer health checks to drivers and advice on where to get appropriate specialist care.

The MHSUs provide a variety of checks including blood pressure, pulse rate and oxygen saturation level. Other tests offer quantitative results for glucose, cholesterol, triglycerides and lactate. Additional services include sleep apnoea monitoring and weight and height measurements for BMI.

“The donation of the Daily vans by IVECO has been imperative to our operations across a large part of the country,” said Dianne Carroll, Chief Executive Officer of Trans-Help Foundation Ltd. “By making the services available in the MHSUs freely accessible to transport drivers and families, we will be able to help identify and address many of the health concerns and contribute to reducing illness, fatalities and injuries on our roads.”

Stavros Yallouridis, Director of Sales and Marketing for IVECO Trucks Australia said that Trans-Help is a charity organisation that is closely aligned with the company’s core business. “This charity directly affects our industry and our customers and IVECO is proud to be involved in the great work the foundation is doing on our roads,” he said.

The Trans-Help Foundation has one unit in South Australia covering that state and parts of Victoria. Two units cover New South Wales and parts of Victoria and Queensland. The fourth unit will be based in Queensland. “All Trans-Help staff are volunteers, including the local health professionals who provide their services in the places we setup the MHSUs,” said Carroll. “The drivers cover an average of 25,000 kilometres each year, out on the road covering the major transport corridors.”

Further information about the work of the charity can be found on its web site: http://www.transhelpfoundation.com.au/

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