A special Kenworth T680 will be auctioned off to support Truckers Against Trafficking, the company announced on Tuesday, Feb. 7.
Called “Everyday Heroes,” the truck has a distinctive paint scheme and signage. It will be shown Feb. 27-March 2 in Nashville, Tenn., before being displayed at Ritchie Bros. auctions in Las Vegas (March 9-10) and Phoenix (April 13-14).
The Kenworth T680, which has a retail value of $157,000, will be auctioned for sale on June 20 in Phoenix. Proceeds from the sale will go directly to Truckers Against Trafficking, a nonprofit organization devoted to stopping human trafficking by educating, mobilizing and empowering the nation’s truck drivers and rest stop employees.
Don Blake, who serves as Inland Kenworth’s new truck sales manager in the Phoenix area, said he thought of the idea for the auction after watching a TAT presentation.
“This project has mobilized a group of caring industry suppliers, and, together, we are going to help save some lives,” Blake said in a news release. “I had to wipe the tears from my eyes after learning the horrors that Truckers Against Trafficking rescues people from today.”
Various sponsors helped offset the cost of the truck, which is loaded with a 76-inch sleeper, 485-hp Paccar MX-13 engine, and Eaton Fuller Advantage 10-speed automated transmission.
“I can’t tell you how excited we are at Truckers Against Trafficking to be involved with Don and his group,” TAT Executive Director Kendis Paris said. “When I met Don, he came up to me and said, ‘We have to do something for the kids; we need to figure out a way to support the program.’ He was so sincere and driven. He then contacted me with the idea of an Everyday Heroes truck and told me about the support he had received from Kenworth and others. It was truly inspiring and shows the trucking industry is committed to making a difference.”
Paris said that many truck drivers are already helping in the fight against human trafficking.
“Many are calling the national hotline,” Paris said. “Nearly 1,600 calls have been reported by truckers alone since the program began in 2009. Of that number, we had 503 likely human trafficking cases identified, involving nearly 1,100 victims, of which 299 were minors.”
Suspicious activity can be reported to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center hotline at 888-3737-888, or to local law enforcement.
More information about Truckers Against Trafficking can be found here.
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