Farmers and truck drivers around the Far South Coast have pitched in to help struggling farmers in Queensland deal with the severe drought they are currently facing.
One Bega truck driver, Tony Atkins, passed through Wagga Wagga on Wednesday, March 30, on his way to Long Reach.
Mr Atkins was driving one of two trucks from Bega loaded with 42 bails of hay for around 12 hours a day.
To help truck drivers take the much-needed supplies north a fundraiser for the Burrumbuttock Hay Run will be held on Saturday, April 9 from 8.30pm at the Royal Willows Hotel in Pambula.
The night will feature band White Noise, who on their Facebook page describe themselves as being about all kinds of music played loud.
There will be an Aussie theme, with a best costume prize, lucky door prize, giveaways and hundreds of dollars worth of raffle prizes. Raffle tickets will be sold on the night and at the Sapphire Marketplace, Bega from April 4-8.
The fundraiser’s organiser, Sammy Fuge, said a fair few farmers from the Bega Valley were donating loads of hay to the hay run while local truck companies and owner-drivers were transporting the donations north.
By Thursday the Bega trucks had left on the most recent convoy, taking supplies up to the area around Winton.
The money raised at the fundraiser in Pambula will go towards the drivers’ travelling costs, such as diesel and tires, as well as to buy some hay.
Ms Fuge pulled the event together in a few short weeks.
“I’ve lived on a farm all my life and I know what living in a drought is like,” she said.
“When I got the phone call asking me to organise the night I knew I could relate.
“Trying to live through a drought is one of the hardest things and I knew I had to do something to help.”
A lot of local companies have got behind the night, with the Royal Willows providing the venue, White Noise playing for free and Twofold Security donating security. Even the raffle ticket books and the posters have been donated.
The Hay Run fundraiser will take place on Saturday night, April 9, at 8.30pm. Entry to his over 18s event is $10 per person.
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