The Road Ahead : June July 2008
features 18 JUN/JLY 08 STORY BELINDA PETERS PHOTO TONY RODGERS R ACQ member Annie Alexander got her ? rst taste of the trucking life while working on a road construction project in north-western Queensland in 2006. Taking care of the health and wellbeing of truck drivers in her role as medic and training manager stirred Annie’s interest in getting behind the wheel herself, so she asked a driver on the site to teach her to drive his Mack. From there, Annie’s Mack obsession grew rapidly and the nickname ‘Mack Girl’ stuck. Running her own training business in Townsville, Annie hits the road between projects, usually as a passenger, but often convinces her friends to switch seats so she can indulge her passion for truck driving. It’s this passion that has prompted her to plan an ambitious 25,000 km journey behind the wheel of a big rig to raise money for the Trans-Help Foundation – a national non-pro? t organisation helping truckers and their families in times of need. She departs in August. Mack Trucks has lent support to Annie’s cause by donating the use of a prime mover, although Annie is chasing additional support for the venture. While delivering care packages to country families and stopping at truck shows, festivals and community events along the way, Annie said she not only hoped to raise funds but to raise awareness about issues facing the trucking industry. “The romance of the road is not enjoyable for those who suffer the effects of long hours hauling freight to ever tightening deadlines,” Annie said. “If I can raise a few bucks and a good dose of awareness on this trip, then I will be happy that I have contributed in some way to the health, wellbeing and happiness of truckies and their families.” Annie can be contacted via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Driving ambition An RACQ member is taking to the road to help truckies and their families.
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