Story By: Ana Marjanovic, Sub-Editor: Michael Leidig, Agency: Newsflash
The raunchy lady trucker who became a star with millions of online followers is being forced to sell her pink Scania lorry to stop herself going broke.
Seven months pregnant Sheila Bellaver, 39, is currently in a hospital intensive care ward in Sao Paulo, Brazil, being treated for pneumonia.
She has decided to raffle off her trademark pink Scania truck faced with soaring fuel prices.
She already pays out an eye-watering BRL 10,000 (GBP 1,600) a month in HP payments.
Now Sheila – who documents her life on the road to her 2.2 million Instagram followers – is selling raffle tickets for BRL 10 (GBP 1.60) apiece.
She says her vehicle – dubbed the Pink Show – is said to be worth BRL 520,000 (GBP 83,300).
The Barbie 2019 pink truck comes complete with a refrigerator.
Sheila, whose real name is Sheila Rose Marchiori, bought the lorry on a down payment of BRL 190,000 (GBP 30,400), with 67 future instalments of BRL 7,200 (GBP 1,150).
She also rents the trailer separately.
She said: “When I bought the Scania in 2019, I fulfilled my dream.”
But she added: “I don’t think I got a good deal. I was hasty, wanting to make my dream come true quickly.”
Sheila said she decided to sell the lorry because of her “country’s difficult time” and the coronavirus pandemic, which she said increased her monthly payments.
She also mentioned the recent, ongoing hike in petrol prices.
She said: “Having a lorry was a sign of wealth. Today it is a sign of a headache.”
Single mum-of-four Sheila said when publicising the raffle that she intends to use the proceeds to buy her daughter a Scania Bitruck.
Daughter Gabriely Franciscon, 20, followed in her mother’s footsteps by becoming a trucker earlier this year.
From her hospital bed, Sheila warned of scammers using her likeness online to ask for money, clarifying that she was raffling off her lorry and nothing else.
She said: “There’s always some trash at this time, when the person is sick, is going through a difficult situation, and they want to take advantage of it.”