Endurance rider and former truck driver Shawn Kitchen will attempt to drive 5,000 miles in five days to raise awareness and funds for Truckers Final Mile, which provides support for drivers and their families in times of crisis.
TAMPA, Fla., Nov. 5, 2021 – Transflo, provider of a mobile and cloud-based platform that drives connectivity, automation, and supply chain liquidity, has partnered with endurance motorcycle rider and former truck driver Shawn Kitchen to sponsor a 5,000-mile ride across the U.S. and back to benefit Truckers Final Mile.
Truckers Final Mile is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity that helps reunite truck drivers with their families in the event of a major medical event or a severe injury while a driver is on the job, or help facilitate and cover the costs of transporting a driver’s body in the event of a loss of life. Truckers Final Mile assists in the travel, lodging, and ground transportation needs of drivers and their families when these crises happen, and it relies on financial donations to help perform these functions.
“Truckers Final Mile does one of the most important jobs in our industry taking care of drivers and their families when tragedy occurs in the line of work,” said Don Mitchell, Director of Marketing at Transflo. “We’re proud to partner with Shawn to bring greater awareness to the serious and significant service that Truckers Final Mile does and to help raise funds so they can continue to carry out this purpose.”
Kitchen’s ride, named the Transflo 5,000 in 5: A Coast-to-Coast Fundraiser to Support America’s Truck Drivers, will begin in Jacksonville, Florida, on Monday, Nov. 15. On his 2016 Honda Gold Wing, Kitchen will drive to Dog Beach, California, near San Diego, over the next two days, and then turn around and ride back to Jacksonville, with the goal of returning by 5 p.m. local time on Friday, Nov. 19. To complete the journey in time, Kitchen will have to ride more than 1,000 miles, about 14 hours, per day on average.
“We appreciate every fundraiser that occurs on our behalf,” said Robert Palm, who founded Truckers Final Mile in 2014. He manages TFM with a board of volunteers. “The families we assist are in some of the darkest hours in their life, and they’re the ones who benefit from these events. We’re thrilled that Shawn reached out and is doing this for our organization.”
Transflo’s sponsorship, in conjunction with Geotab, will fund expenses like fuel and lodging for his five-day trip. Individual donations to Truckers Final Mile can be made at truckersfinalmile.org, with the note “5Kin5” to designate it as part of the fundraiser. Kitchen’s goal is to raise $5,000 in donations for Truckers Final Mile — a dollar per mile.
Kitchen drove a truck professionally for 16 years, operating across various segments, including long-haul and regional dry van, tanker, flatbed, and local pickup and delivery. He then transitioned to various other roles, including driver trainer, recruiter, and safety manager, at multiple fleets. He’s now Director of Operations at a startup called True Load Time, which aims to document and reduce time drivers spend detained at shipper and receiver facilities.
“As a driver, I wondered a lot of times what would happen if something happened to me on the road, how my family would handle the strain and stress,” said Kitchen. “So, Truckers Final Mile’s mission of providing dignity and support to America’s truck drivers and their families is something I’m really fond of. This nation relies so heavily on truck drivers to keep our economy moving. That’s especially true today, as you hear so much in the news about supply chain issues as we’re coming into the holiday season. We need to do whatever we can to support a charity that has such an important, yet unspoken mission in this industry.”
Kitchen’s ride will be tracked live on Transflo’s website, here. Social media updates will be available via the hashtag #5000in5. Donations can be made at truckersfinalmile.org, via the “Donate” button on the homepage. Donors are asked to add “5Kin5” to the notes line.
Transflo®, a Pegasus TransTech company, is a leading mobile, telematics, and business process automation provider to the transportation industry in the United States and Canada. Transflo’s mobile and cloud-based technologies deliver real-time communications to fleets, brokers, shippers, and commercial vehicle drivers, and digitize over 150 million shipping documents a year, representing approximately $100 billion in freight bills. Organizations throughout the Transflo client and partner network use the solution suite and digital platforms to increase efficiency, improve cash flow, and reduce costs. Headquartered in Tampa, Florida, USA, Transflo is setting the pace for innovation in transportation software. For more information, visit www.transflo.com.
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