More hay on the way from Burrumbuttock

Photography by: Tamara Whitsed

Convoy founder Brendan Farrell says they will be finishing off the job they started on January 7.

More hay on the way from Burrumbuttock
Burrumbuttock Hay Runners convoy founder Brendan Farrell.


Just weeks after organising the transportation of over 5,000 bales  of hay to struggling farmers in Queensland, Riverina-based farmer and Burrumbuttock Hay Runners founder Brendan Farrell has announced the job isn’t finished.

In a post to the convoy’s Facebook page, Farrell says only half the farmers received hay in the first hay run to Ilfracombe, and another run will be taking place on April 1.

"There's 120 truck drivers at the moment screaming ‘let's get this show on the road’," Farrell says.

"So, let's do what we do and drop some more hay off."

He is even promising a bigger convoy than the 125-truck convoy that travelled the 1,860km journey in January.

"It's going to be huge – bigger than the last one, trust me," he says.

"So April 1 we will be there and all we're doing is keeping the dream alive."

Farrell’s hay convoy, which has run on ten occasions in the last two years, has received a surge of praise over the past fortnight from farmers and concerned members of the community, attention that the founder shrugged off.

"People need to realise I’m just a bloke with a truck," Farrell says in an earlier video post.

"You don’t have to be famous to help people.

"You don’t need to have a million dollars to help people.

"You put your hand up and you just get on and do it."

While he is currently on a holiday in Fiji, Farrell says he will be organising the next run on his return, creating a committee and allocating area managers to drought-affected zones.

For truck drivers, he says they should get in contact but stay patient.

For those looking to donate, he says they can send funds to the Rotary Club of Sydney, details of which are on the Facebook page, or to Drought Angels.



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