Michelle Wilki of Munruben is the winner of a '46 Jailbar named 'Roxanne'. Pictured with NTI CEO Tony Clark. Photo by Kate Luke/The Photo Pitch

National Transport Insurance  has been awarded the Community Leadership Award at the Heavy Vehicle Industry Australia (HVIA) Awards last week.

The award recognises HVIA members that have engaged positively with the community, and NTI won the award in acknowledgement for the campaign it implemented around the restoratio of the 1946 Ford Jailbar restoration project ‘Roxanne’ that raised more than $200,000 for Motor Neurone Disease.

The 1946 Ford Jailbar, fondly dubbed ‘Roxanne’ was custom built by the NTI team and project partners, and was the  prize of a raffle, drawn at the Brisbane Truck Show, with 100% of ticket sales going directly to MND & Me and the MND Research Institute of Australia.

NTI’s chief executive officer, Tony Clark said it’s an honour to be recognised for NTI’s work to raise donations for MND.

“NTI supports research into MND as a legacy to our late CEO, Wayne Patterson, who was diagnosed in 2015 and later lost his battle with the disease.

“We committed to supporting this great cause and that support is ongoing. The HVIA Community Leadership Award reaffirms that we’re making a positive impact. We’re looking forward to seeing what we can achieve for MND with our next truck restoration,” he said.

NTI also sponsored the HVIA Product Innovation Award which was won by Graham Lusty Trailers.

As a result of NTI’s contributions researchers hoping to slow the progress of motor neurone disease (MND) have been given a much-needed funding boost with more than $200, 000 being donated by the truck insurer for research into the condition. 

The company raised $113,087 by auctioning off “Roxanne” in May and then matched the fundraising efforts dollar for dollar, helping to fund two research grants through the MND Research Institute of Australia. 

Associate Professor Anthony White was awarded the NTI MND Research Grant to help develop a testing platform for new drugs and treatment options while Dr Frederkick Steyn was awarded The Fat Rabbit MND Research Grant to assist with preclinical testing of a compound that slows progression of the disease. 

Chief Executive Officer, Tony Clark, said NTI has contributed almost $300, 000 to MND research over the past two years. 

The Community Leadership Award comes off the back of NTI winning ‘Agency of the Year’  at the annual Insurance Advisernet conference last week.