In an effort to further educate and fund efforts against human trafficking, Inland Kenworth has put together a special “Everyday Heroes” Kenworth T680 truck with a distinctive paint scheme and signage.
The project, in conjunction with Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT), has received significant support from platinum sponsors Kenworth Truck Company and Ritchie Bros, along with other industry suppliers.
The T680 Everyday Heroes truck will make its first public appearance at ATA’s Technology and Maintenance Council Convention in Nashville TN (February 27-March 2) in the FlowBelow Booth #1052. From there, it will be displayed at Ritchie Bros auctions in Las Vegas NV (March 9-10), Phoenix AZ (April 13-14), and finally 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 TAT—a 501(c)3 non-profit devoted to stopping human trafficking by educating, mobilizing and empowering the nation’s truck drivers and rest stop employees.
“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. Blake came up with the idea after a TAT presentation.
According to Blake, sponsor levels from $25,000 to $2,500 helped build the truck. The special T680 is fully loaded with a 76-inch sleeper, 485-hp Paccar MX-13 engine, and Eaton Fuller Advantage 10-speed automated transmission.
Human trafficking is an industry estimated to be worth $32 billion in the United States alone—$150 billion globally.
To further its education, TAT has the Freedom Driver’s Project, a mobile exhibit that educates members of the trucking industry.
Providing support for the Everyday Heroes T680 are:
—Kenworth Truck Company
—FlowBelow Wheel Covers
—Jost Fifth Wheel
—Utility Trailer Sales Company of Arizona
—ExGuard Grill Guards
—East Penn Batteries