‘Everyday Heroes’ Kenworth Truck Raises Record Sum to Fight Human Trafficking
Perris, CA — A Kenworth T680 Next Generation dubbed the “Everyday Heroes” truck raised over quarter of a million dollars when it was auctioned off to support charity earlier this month.
On December 10, Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers in Perris, CA, hosted the auction of the “Everyday Heroes” Kenworth T680 Next Gen, with proceeds from the sale of the truck going directly to Truckers Against Trafficking (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.
The truck was fully loaded with a 76-inch sleeper, featuring the PACCAR Powertrain with a PACCAR MX-13 510-hp engine, PACCAR TX-12 automated transmission, and PACCAR DX-40 tandem rear axles, according to Kenworth.
The winning bid of $260,000 was submitted by Serg Kodryanu, CEO of Vancouver, WA-based Freestyle Transport.
The truck will join Freestyle Transport’s fleet of 47 trucks and will make runs to-and-from Washington state and Florida to generate more exposure to the specially decaled TAT truck throughout the country.
Kodryanu said he has been a long-time supporter of TAT and knew he had to make it his company’s “mission” to bring awareness to the crime of human trafficking.
“After I learned the numbers of how many victims have been affected by human traffickers, I immediately felt it in my heart to make it our company’s mission to support such a great and noble cause as TAT and its mission to stop this terrible crime,” Kodryanu stated.
Human trafficking is an industry estimated to be worth $32 billion in the United States alone, and $150 billion globally, according to TAT.
“With drivers and other members of our industry spread throughout North America, we have a great opportunity to identify and report suspicious activity and help potential human trafficking victims,” Kodryanu declared. “Our new ‘Everyday Heroes’ truck will help us spread awareness of human trafficking to other drivers and communities across the country.”
In addition to the $260,000 raised by the sale of the truck, TAT received $68,000 in additional donations from various industry suppliers and trucking companies.
The $328,000 donation is the largest one-time gift in TAT’s history, the organization confirmed.
The inaugural “Everyday Heroes” Kenworth T680 auction raised $83,000 for TAT in 2017, while the 2019 version – also a T680 classic – yielded $162,000 to the cause.
Since its inception, the fundraiser has been spearheaded by Don Blake, new truck sales manager at Inland Kenworth – Phoenix.