Kenworth is once again partnering with Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT) by auctioning off a custom “Everyday Heroes” Kenworth T680 later this year, with all proceeds directly going to TAT.
TAT educates drivers on human trafficking and recruits members of the trucking industry to help combat it.
“Each year, more truck drivers and truck stop operators are added to the network of TAT trained and educated members – over 663,000 to date,” said Kendis Blake, TAT’s executive director. “They are our eyes and ears on the road and are relied on to report suspicious activity.”
The Kenworth T680 “Everyday Heroes” truck has a value of $162,000. It will debut at a TAT press conference Jan. 15 at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The truck will be displayed at the TMC 2019 annual meeting in Atlanta March 18-21, at the Mid-America-Trucking Show in Louisville March 28-30, and at Ritchie Bros, which will host the auction in Phoenix, Arizona, on May 17.
The auction is being headed by Don Blake, the new truck sales manager at Inland Kenworth in Phoenix. Blake is a TAT board member and will be the keynote speaker at the press conference later this month.
“I look forward to speaking and plan to share my story on how a small group of people can make a difference,” Blake said. “This organization means a lot to me. I have two daughters, and I can’t imagine anyone being subjected to human trafficking. There is a lot of work ahead to bring down this terrible crime, but I will continue to do my part.”
Kenworth auctioned off an “Everyday Heroes” T680 in 2017 and netted $89,000 for TAT.