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Sailun Tire Surprise Professional Drivers

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Volunteers were giving care packages to professional drivers across Ontario. Photo: Sailun Tire

For National Trucking Week, Sailun Tire celebrated professional truck and courier drivers by surprising them with COVID-safety care packages.

As part of the Sailun Gives Back initiative, the company also made a $5,000 donation to the OTA (Ontario Trucking Association) Education Foundation in appreciation of the essential work professional drivers are doing during the COVID-19 pandemic. The OTA Education Foundation is a registered charity that awards scholarships to students with parents who work in the trucking industry.

“The pandemic has created a great amount of uncertainty for many families and organizations across the country,” said Michelle Subranni, Event & Sponsorships Manager, Sailun Tire Americas. “By donating to the OTA Education Foundation during these challenging times, we are happy to support not only truck drivers but their children and families as well, ensuring a brighter future is just down the road.”

According to the Canadian Trucking Association, there are more than 300,000 men and women working as drivers making sure store shelves are stocked and essential goods are getting across the country during the pandemic.

“Professional drivers are part of the Sailun Tire extended family. We want to celebrate and honour these front-line heroes that are ensuring our critical goods are being delivered, while they cope with incredibly challenging conditions brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic,” continued Subranni.

“These heroic men and women have been instrumental in keeping the economic supply chain running. It’s safe to say that without them, the economic recovery would be significantly challenged.”

Sailun Gives Back Care Packages were safely handed out in full PPE with strict adherence to physical distancing. The kits contained numerous items to make Ontario truckers’ lives a little safer and more enjoyable.

They included a mix of PPE, personal care and food items, including face masks, hand sanitizers, razors and snack bars. We’d also like to thank our valued care package partners at Edgewell Personal Care, Mondelez Canada and Kind Healthy Snacks, who thoughtfully donated some helpful products these professional drivers could put to good use.

“Professional drivers are, and will always be, essential – especially in these trying times. They are spending many nights away from their families and are risking their health and safety in order to ensure essential items get to all of us,” concluded Subranni.

“We appreciate what they are doing and want to thank them. To those men and women who are carrying great responsibility in ensuring that our supply chains keep flowing, we believe that it is our collective responsibility to acknowledge their commitment and we hope that these packages make the ride a little smoother, safer and bring a smile to their faces.”

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