Epic convoy delivers feed to drought stricken regions

A convoy of over 120 trucks and 160 trailers delivered 5000 bales of hay to drought-affected farmers in Queensland.
PHOTO: AMANDA ADAMS
A convoy of over 120 trucks and 160 trailers delivered 5000 bales of hay to drought-affected farmers in Queensland. PHOTO: AMANDA ADAMS

Farmers across the central west were amongst the 125 convoy of trucks who delivered over 5000 bales of hay to drought-affected farmers in Queensland earlier this month.

Narromine farmers Dean and Amanda Adams, Phil Gordon and Wayne Lewis from Collie, Bob Wilson from Narromine and Grant Zell and Ryan Brook from Gilgandra all took part in the Burrumbuttock Hay Runners.

The drivers completed the epic mission, which took them on an 1860km journey.

Along with the trucks there was also over 160 trailers full of donated hay.

Ms Adams said they first heard about the hay run when long time friend John Doyle called her husband Dean and asked him to be a part of the event.

Mr Adams has been driving trucks all his life and when another friend, Neil O'Connor got word of the Adam's involvement, he decided to donate a single trailer of wheaten hay to go on their truck.

"Dean is a farmer and he understands how tough it is, so he decided he wanted to help," Ms Adams said of her husbands involvement.

Ms Adams said it was the proudest thing she has ever done in her life.

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"I had tears in my eyes when we went through all of the towns," she said.

"All the locals were waving and cheering at us and holding up signs.

"In Cobar everyone lined the streets and cheered every single truck on."

The last stop on the journey was Ilfracombe, where the drivers met with the drought affected Queensland farmers.

"We got into Ilfracombe that night and the next morning I woke up and saw a over a kilometre line of farmers collecting the hay," Ms Adams said.

"They (the farmers) were just so overwhelmed, they had tears in their eyes."

On her return home Ms Adams said she couldn't believe the amount of support the hay run had received on social media.

"Not in a million years did we expect it to be this big," she said.

Ms Adams said all of the truck drivers were just so proud to be involved in such a momentous event and couldn't thank everyone enough for all of their support and donations.

Ms Adams said all of the truck drivers were humbled by the generosity of local clubs, businesses and organisations willing to donate to their cause.

"Many farmers donated us the hay, Caltex supplied fuel cards and eight people with the Rotary Club of West Dubbo came along on the trip to help feed us," she said.

The return trip took in total four days and Ms Adams said her and Dean would certainly be involved in the next hay run.

"We'll be taking two trucks next time and the kids," she said.

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