Scania supports Queensland reconstruction effort.
Scania donated a brand new truck to the German-Australian Chamber of Industry and Commerce’s fundraising dinner in support of the Queensland Premier’s Disaster Relief Appeal, earlier this month.
The event marked a substantial effort by a number of high profile companies to make a significant contribution to the reconstruction of flood and cyclone-ravaged Queensland.
The Hon. Anna Bligh MP, Premier of Queensland, noted in her address that while the clean up had begun, the healing of emotional scars would take far longer, especially for communities outside the main population centres.
The president of the German-Australian Chamber of Industry and Commerce, Lindsay Fox A.O., A.C., said that many flood-affected families continue in their struggle to rebuild their shattered lives. He said that the charitable auction would support the Premier’s Disaster Relief Appeal, which in turn was supporting these communities in need.
Scania donated a Low Entry Cab Chassis 6x4 to an exclusive auction that also included three prestige motor vehicles and air tickets to exotic locations.
The Scania P 270 Low Entry Cab Chassis drew bids from a number of keen prospective owners, with David Simon of Simon National Carriers emerging victorious.
Of the $871,500 raised for the appeal on the night itself, the auction of the Scania contributed $130,000, much to the satisfaction of Managing Director Roger McCarthy.
“I am very pleased that Scania was able to make a significant and meaningful contribution to such a worthy cause,” he said.
“The Scania drew the largest bid of all the items auctioned on the night. Even better, we had David Simon as our guest at our table, so we were very pleased that he persisted to secure this truck.
“The way the business and wider community is pulling together to help the recovery effort is very heart-warming,” Roger said.
“This event was a great opportunity to support those affected by the floods,” said David Simon.
“I am sure those affected will appreciate Scania’s donation of the vehicle to the appeal.
“We will either put the Scania to work in northern Queensland or perhaps on another contract we have just secured for metropolitan deliveries in New Zealand,” he said.