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New purple truck promotes epilepsy awareness in honour of daughter

For Queensland based transport business, R & K Bulk Haulage, several trucks serve as moving billboards for causes close to the owners’ hearts.

Based in the small town of Jondaryan, Queensland, R & K Bulk Haulage is a family owned and operated business, started by Russell and Karen Strasburg in 2005.

Its 44-strong truck fleet stands out in the crowd, with many of the truck and trailer combinations sporting vibrant colours and/or impressive airbrushing.

But it’s the latest addition to the fleet, a purple Kenworth T909 and matching A-double set of trailers that’s been turning heads.

Dedicated to epilepsy awareness, the new truck’s theme is in honour of Russell and Karen’s daughter Skye Strasburg – with purple being the international colour for epilepsy.

March 26 each year is Purple Day, a global initiative dedicated to raising epilepsy awareness, dispelling myths and furthering support for those living with epilepsy.

Skye was diagnosed with epilepsy when she was 7. Image: R & K Bulk Haulage

Now 29 years of age, Skye was diagnosed with epilepsy when she was seven years old.

R & K Bulk Haulage is very passionate about making some of their trucks moving billboards to promote awareness for various causes. The purple epilepsy truck joins a pink breast cancer awareness truck, and a light blue prostate awareness truck, a disease which Russell has himself been battling.

Skye says she absolutely loves the new truck. “I think it is beautiful and am so thankful that my sister Brandee put forward the idea to have a truck done up for epilepsy.

She continued, “I am extremely thankful to my mum and dad for doing it. This helps bring awareness to the four states the truck will be travelling in. They asked me what I wanted written on the side of the bonnet. ‘Tiny is loving it all’ comes from my nickname and the company motto of ‘loving it all’. The fact that you must enjoy every day because you never know if it will be your last, as epilepsy unfortunately takes people’s lives.”

Russell added, “This truck is special to me, as not only has epilepsy affected us as a family but it has also affected my daughter’s life daily, along with her two daughters and partner. To spread awareness across the country is something special and can have a huge positive impact on people suffering with epilepsy.”

The truck travels across four states, spreading its message. Image: Brown and Hurley

The purple epilepsy truck, which is driven by company driver Brad Hoadley, travels across various routes through Queensland, South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales.

To donate to Epilepsy Action Australia, please click here.


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