Mack the Truck helps school

MACK the Truck — who transports Lightning McQueen in the animated Cars film — has developed a profitable relationship with Belvoir Special School in Wodonga.

Mack visited Belvoir in May last year to coincide with the opening of the Wodonga branch of CMV Bus and Truck.

Mack was one of the features at the firm’s public open day, the profits of which went to Belvoir.

Yesterday CMV’s Border parts manager Brett Balins visited the school with a $2000 cheque, bringing CMV’s support for the school to just over $6000 in 18 months.

Mr Balins said the 1250 CMV staff across Australia contributed to the company’s charitable star foundation, which had decided that Belvoir would be one of its annual beneficiaries.

CMV is the Australian distributor for Volvo and Mack vehicles, the link to the Cars movies.

Yesterday’s cheque was received by the school captains Ethan Piddington and Paige McDonald as their last official function, as both leave this year, having completed year 12.

Belvoir principal Jamie Gay said the money would be used to buy equipment for the most disabled students.

He said the specialised equipment needed for these students was very expensive, and donations from organisations such as CMV were particularly important in helping the school achieve its aims.

An example was a special stroller needed for one youngster which was priced at $4000.

Belvoir closes this week and will begin next year in the same Bowman Court site, but in the middle of the year will move to a newly constructed school in Gayview Drive.

No decision has yet been made on the old site’s future, but two portable classrooms will go to the new site, with the rest being moved to other schools across the state.

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