Photo: Inland Kenworth

Photo: Inland Kenworth

Truck dealer group Inland Kenworth has put together a special Everyday Heroes Kenworth T680 for auction and will donate the proceeds to Truckers Against Trafficking, a nonprofit  devoted to fighting human trafficking.

The Everyday Heroes T680 features a distinctive paint scheme and signage and was produced in conjunction with Truckers Against Trafficking. It received significant support from platinum sponsors Kenworth Truck Company and Ritchie Bros., along with other industry suppliers.

The truck will make its first public appearance at ATA’s Technology and Maintenance Council Conventio, taking palce in Nashville from Feb. 27-March 2. It will also be displayed at the Ritchie Bros. auctions in Las Vegas, Nev., from March 9-10, Phoenix, Ariz., from April 13-14, and finally, on June 20 in Phoenix where the truck will be auctioned for sale.

Proceeds from the sale of the T680, which has a retail value of $157,000 will go directly to Truckers Against Trafficking. The group combats human trafficking by educating, mobilizing, and empowering truck drivers and rest stop employees, teaching them about what to look for and how to respond it.

“This project has mobilized a group of caring industry suppliers, and together we are going to help save some lives,” said Don Blake, who spearheaded the effort and serves as Inland Kenworth’s new truck sales manager in the Phoenix area. “I had to wipe the tears from my eyes after learning the horrors that TAT rescues people from today. I knew right then that I wanted to help our industry combat human trafficking.”

With the support of Inland Kenworth and Kenworth Truck Company, the Everyday Heroes truck was built by offsetting the cost through Kenworth and component sponsors. The special Kenworth T680 is equipped with a 76-inch sleeper, 485 horsepower Paccar MX-13 engine and Eaton Fuller Advantage 10-speed automated transmission.

“We will all share in the success of the program when the truck is auctioned off,” said Blake. “The owner will have a very special truck and will know that they helped support a very worthy cause. We truly hope there will be a bidding war on the Everyday Heroes truck. That way we can raise even more money.”

To find out more about Truckers Against Trafficking, click here