Latest NTI truck raffle breaks fundraising record

The fifth NTI truck has broken records as the winner of the raffle was recently announced

Latest NTI truck raffle breaks fundraising record
Ian and Margaret Fuller with the truck

Australia’s largest transport and logistics specialist insurer NTI has raised $555,850 for research into Motor Neurone Disease, breaking its truck raffle fundraising record.

This year’s Expedition Truck was the fifth to be raffled by the company, with all funds to be given to the MND and Me Foundation for medical research. 

This year’s record-breaking ticket sales mean NTI has now raised more than $1.5 million over four years.  

NTI CEO Tony Clark says thousands of tickets were sold across the country, and Ian Fuller of the Blue Mountains was named this year’s lucky winner.

"We are blown away so many people took part in this year’s raffle, helping to raise funds for life-saving research," Clark says. 

"A giant of our company, our former CEO, Wayne Patterson lost his battle with MND in 2018, and helping fund researchers to find suitable treatment for the disease and a cure is something we’re really passionate about."

The winner was announced at the NTI Supercars round in Townsville earlier in July, with Ian Fuller then handed the keys to the Expedition vehicle, which includes both a truck and a luxury motorhome.

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The grandfather says the timing was amazing.

"We’ve been planning a trip up to Cape York for four years but because of COVID we never got there," Fuller says. 

"We've had a departure date locked in for six months – so going from a little pop-up camper trailer to this Expedition Vehicle is such an amazing gift.

"We sold our caravan last year and my wife saw the Expedition vehicle and said ‘oh that’s fantastic, it’s got extra seating for the grandkids’. The grandkids live 300 kilometres away, on the NSW mid-north coast and we have them every school holidays and at least one weekend a month, so it’s quite a trip to get them each time, and this truck will be great for that."

Clark says while the previous four trucks had been restorations, this year was different. 

"In the past, we’ve raffled restored vehicles but this year we wanted to promote a sense of adventure and celebrate borders being open again with the Expedition Truck, and we’re thrilled Ian will be putting this vehicle to the test on his great adventure up North," Clark says.

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