Isuzu Trucks has revealed it has done its part to enhance the spirit of Christmas by giving assistance to Scouts Victoria by providing a loan truck to a couple of scout trips to ensure. the limited supply of Christmas trees can be distributed by the Scouts to communities around Alphington and Clifton in Melbourne.
Scouts Victoria began its annual fundraising.as decorations appear and the spirit of Christmas begins to take hold across Australia, and it was against this backdrop of Yuletide cheer and merrymaking, the Scouts and volunteers from First Alphington and Second Clifton Scout groups have been hard at work, taking orders, collecting and delivering hundreds of Christmas trees .
“We do most of the year’s fundraising all at once,” said Michael McLean, one of the head volunteers.
“We don’t get financial support from any government bodies so what we can raise is what’s available to us for the year.
“Our hall is 100 years old at this stage and, as you can well imagine, that requires a lot of maintenance. On top of that we need compasses, tents, pocketknives; everything that you’d need to make Scouting as worthwhile and enjoyable as possible for the kids.”
Michael Mclean recently attained his heavy rigid licence in order to better aid the Scout group and he reached out to Isuzu Australia to provide a truck for the annual Christmas tree collection.
“Who better to go to than the market leaders?” said Michael McLean of the Scouts’ decision to connect with Isuzu.
“Who knows trucks better than they do?”
When the Scouts called, IAL said it was more than happy to answer, stuffing their stocking with the loan of an FSR 140/120-260.
“In the spirit of Christmas, Isuzu Australia was more than happy to help with this community event,” said IAL head of marketing and customer experience John Walker.
“The Scouts do wonderful work in our community, and have done so for many years,” Walker added.
Isuzu said that the the FSR 120-260 with its GVM of 14 tonnes and GCM of 20 tonnes was the perfect choice to transport this festive sleigh.
Isuzu says there clearly won ‘t be any need to hang an air freshener in the truck this Christmas with all fragrant pine stacked up in the back.
“The truck was such a pleasure to drive, compared to the truck I used to get my heavy rigid licence, it was a dream, they’re like chalk and cheese.” said Michael McLean.
There was no issue carrying 240 full-sized trees from the farm to there Scout’s base back in Melbourne.
A group of Santa’s helpers, in the form of Scouts, parents and volunteers, all worked hard to make sure the truck was filled to the brim before being taken back to the 1st Alphington Scout Hall where the load was further separated into trailers and delivered to homes around the community.
With the big day still a few weeks away, the Scouts will be delivering again. Isuzu will once again drop off the truck to help bring joy to another 200 households.
“We’re so grateful to Isuzu for supporting the community like this,” said Michael. McLean
“It makes a world of difference to all of us here.”
If you would like to find out where to buy a Christmas tree from the Scouts or if you know any budding Scouts, now is the perfect time to check out the Scouts Victoria website for all the information you need.
Merry Christmas and a happy new year and well done Isuzu.