Summit and Scania design truck to fight diabetes

Summit Tower Hire have got together with the Australian Diabetes Council (ADC) to create a truck fitted with an elevated work platform and decorated with artwork publicising the 'Buzz Day' fund raising event to increase community awareness of the dangers of diabetes.

The Scania – the very first P 440 SCR 8×8 truck built by the Scania factory in Sweden mounted with a 50 metre Bronto Skylift – was recently handed over to Summit at an event in Brisbane. The truck is painted in the yellow and black 'Bumble Bee' colours the ADC uses to publicise its work.

“The Australian Diabetes Council is incredibly grateful for the support which the team at Summit Tower Hire has given us in the fight against diabetes,” said Janice McLay, ADC Head of Government and Business Partnerships.

“Diabetes is a big problem in Australia and only getting bigger One Australian is now diagnosed with diabetes every five minutes. That means that every day 290 families are told that a member of their has this incurable disease.

“There are already more than 1.1 million Australians who have been diagnosed with diagnosable diabetes, and this number is expected to grow to 3.6 million people by 2017.”

At the event the Summit Tower Hire team handed over a donation of $2,000 to help the ADC make a difference for people with, or at risk of, diabetes. Janice thanked them, saying the donation and the Bumble Bee truck would help 'take the sting out of diabetes'.

“Diabetes is a disease known only too well at Summit,” said Nigel Soden, a director at Summit Tower Hire. “Each and every employee knows someone affected by the disease. We wanted to help build awareness, knowledge and some funds to assist in the fight for a cure. The Bumble Bee truck is painted specifically to promote Buzz Day and to remind people to get behind the day on Friday, September 20.”

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