Aussie Hay Runners are heading back to the Inverell LGA in NSW with 54 trucks laden with 1,728 bales of hay as part of a follow-up relief effort for struggling farmers.
Although the area has had good rain in parts, AHR said some farmers are still “doing it tough” after the bushfires late last year.
AHR will do two runs to the area. The first one will be to Ashford, with 29 trucks arriving on Friday February 23.
The second run will be to Inverell, with 25 trucks landing on Friday March 8.
In total, the 54 trucks will travel a combined 145,100km, carrying 1,728 bales of hay valued at $164,160.
The trucks will travel to their meetup point of Tomingley on Thursday February 22 and Thursday March 7, then on the Friday mornings the convoys will set off via the Newell Highway travelling through Dubbo, Gilgandra, Coonabarabran and Moree, arriving into Ashford and Inverell late afternoon.
Saturdays will be spent unloading and then commencing the long haul back south to Southern NSW and Victoria.
AHR is run by Linda Widdup, with a small group of volunteers and a large team of drivers, and continued support coming from the NSW Rural Assistance Authority, Scott Stevens and Heyfield Lions Club and Ray Akers of Gippsland Hay Relief.
You can follow the convoy and find donation details on their Facebook page.