Truckies dig deep with $35,000 raised for RFDS Tasmania

Owner of Platinum Earthmoving and big supporter of the event Ben Pintarich, CEO of Royal Flying Doctor Service Nicole Henty and TTOOA chairman Rob Bayles. Image: Royal Flying Doctor Service TAS

The popular Tassie Truck Run has celebrated a record year, raising $35,000 for the Royal Flying Doctor Service in Tasmania. The check was presented this week.

Now in his 41st Last year’s Truck Run took place in March, with more than 200 trucks taking to the highways before converging on the Longford Showgrounds, creating a spectacular display.

The Truck Run is organized by the Tasmanian Truck Owners and Operators Association (TTOOA), with secretary Julie Wise telling Big Rigs this is the fourth year their event has supported the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

“When we decided which charity we wanted to support, we looked for a charity that people respected and trusted. We support a charity that supports us. Everyone knows who the Royal Flying Doctor Service is and many people have had to rely on their services before.

“As the money raised goes to the Tasmanian branch of the Royal Flying Doctor Service, it goes towards helping local people.”

The Royal Flying Doctor Service says it will use the money to purchase equipment and supplies needed to deliver dental and physical health care, as well as fuel the rural and remote communities it serves.

In addition, some of the money will go towards providing free health checks for transport staff, as part of the Royal Flying Doctor Service’s Open Roads program – run in partnership with the mental health and wellbeing initiative Rural Alive and Well (RAW ) and the Tasmanian Transport Association (TTA).

These free health checks, including heart and lung function checks, are delivered to popular truck stops Epping Forest and Mood Food.

TTOOA will hit the Tassie highways again next year on March 2, 2025.