Here at Little Red Trucks, we feel that life doesn’t begin and end with the running of a great removals company. We can do more than just shuttle your belongings from A to B. Where possible, we’ve tried to engage with our community to help push projects and causes that we think are ace. Here are a few of the things we’re involved with, or have worked with in the past.
A friend of LRTs told us about the work done by the fine folk at Foodbank, the largest food relief organisation in Victoria, and organised for us to meet with them to discuss if there was anything we could do to help them out. Foodbank Victoria are a not-for-profit group who provide meals to people in need of assistance – last year they distributed over 17 million meals across the state!
To be honest, we weren’t fully aware of the severity of the situation until we sat down and had a conversation with the Foodbank team, and after learning some truly shocking statistics (1 in 10 Victorians don’t know where their next meal is coming from, and 1 in 7 children go to school hungry every day) we knew we wanted to do anything we could to get involved.
Since meeting in 2014, we have been running an annual food drive in the 6 weeks leading up to Christmas. Instead of boxing up stuff from their pantries and transporting them over to their new house, we have asked our customers to give their non-perishables to our staff on the day of their move. The response each year has been amazing, and although our customers and staff have been very generous, the donated amount only provides a drop in the ocean of what is needed each year. If you can donate food or money, or just want to find our more about Foodbank, you can do so by clicking here.
This is another amazing initiative we were very proud to be involved with recently. The ‘Do it in a Dress’ campaign raises money to send young African girls to school. So far they’ve raised just under $500,000, which is enough to send over 1600 girls to school. They asked us if we’d like to be involved, and whether they could film one of our trucks and a staff member for their promos. Absolutely, we said. And we know just the staff member you want.
You can see one of our red beauties, along with one of our amazing dudes Pete, in the clip below:
Being a company full of Melbourne musos, the Community Cup has always been close to our heart. We’ve done a little bit of work with the Community Cup and its sponsors each year for the last few years (some of our employees have even played in the event!), and in 2015 we came on board as an official sponsor ourselves, organizing a bunch of the transport requirements needed in the lead up and after the big day.
For those not in the know, the Community Cup is an annual footy game between the Rockdogs (a team made up of local musicians) and the Megahertz (a team of local radio presenters). All proceeds from the game go to help out Reclink Australia, a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide and promote sport and art programs for disadvantaged Australians. You can find out more info by clicking here.
This is a no-brainer for us. An event organizer heard about Little Red Trucks’ penchant for hiring musos and asked if we’d want one of our bright red truckettes to be involved in Melbourne Music Week. You better believe we would. So we decked the inside of the truck with a full lighting setup, speakers & smoke machine and put on some shows in Tattersalls Lane.
The back of the truck saw all kinds of action that night – we had a contortionist, a saw player, a classical quartet & a Brazilian street band to name a few. It was a great night, and we look forward to teaming with Melbourne Music Week again in the future!
Like with the Community Cup, we’ve been helping out with the set-up and pack-down of MIFF for many years now, but in 2016 we will be an official partner of the event! Look out for much more MIFF-related awesomeness from us this year, including competitions and events. Yay!
Friends of Edward Street/Communities for Nature/Moreland Energy Foundation
Back in 2013 we were approached by the Moreland Energy Foundation who were doing work with the Friends of Edward Street group & Communities for Nature to help improve the vegetation along Edward Street in Brunswick. This street (where our Brunswick depot is based!) lies between Merri Creek and Moonee Ponds creek, and forms part of a habitat corridor. The idea was to re-vegetate the street as much as possible. The groups involved organised a stack of volunteers to plant the trees over a weekend, and we then got on board and helped out with the pickup and delivery of the plants. It was a great initiative, and the results of that weekend are still very visible today.
You can find out more information on the groups involved here: Friends of Edward Street Communities for Nature Moreland Energy Foundation