The Impossible Roads Foundation serves and reaches those on their “impossible road” through our fleet of donated vehicles. The vehicle fleet is one of the ways we action-out relief. We have a donated emergency relief vintage Airstream trailer, a vintage relief truck, relief bikes, a café racer, and a relief boat under development. This fleet allows us to reach just about anybody… anywhere. All vehicles in our fleet are equipped with a NASA spinoff technology module https://software.nasa.gov/software/ARC-17472-1 that John P. Hope adapted and added in order to scale, chronicle, and make available community response to the needs around the world. Over the course of the next 5 years, we will be mapping and tracking the world’s needs and impossible people/situations while meeting with community foundations and stakeholders to best determine how to best deliver service and coordinated responses to those that are hurting.
Last week we were gifted two uber uber rare 1954 Chevy 6500 farm trucks from a very generous farmer in Montesano, Wa. The first truck, affectionately named Ironside, which should not be confused by the famed transformers superhero Ironhide, will be the multipurpose relief truck that we will use to deliver beds, haul larger items, perform search and rescue operations, and provide provisions to those in need. All our vehicles have the IR (Impossible Roads) in their name. Ironside was named because it the biggest & baddest working truck you could get during its era. The second truck that was donated was originally purposed to be a parts vehicle, but because of its unique aesthetic properties we decided to name it IR Mater…after the beloved Pixar cartoon character.
Because IR Mater is so unique and fun, we initially thought that he could best be put to use if auctioned off “as is” to the highest bidder so we could fund our growing outreach and services around the world. Instead, the Impossible Roads Foundation set up a fund that will benefit the Ronald McDonald house and Children’s Hospital in Seattle. For every picture taken with Mater and posted to social media (Twitter) using the tag #MatersRoad, the Impossible Roads Foundation and its partners will donated $20 to the Ronald McDonald House in Seattle in honor of all the difficult roads that our precious ones still must walk and ride through. You may also contribute directly by going to our donate page at: https://www.classy.org/give/171176/#!/donation/checkout
Stay tuned for more updates concerning #MatersRoad and his adventures!