Aussie Hay Runners (AHR) has gained approval to head to the Bega Valley Shire local government area (LGA) in New South Wales in response to bushfires in the past five weeks.
The team is gearing up for their inaugural trip to Cobargo, which will be the 16th run for Aussie Hay Runners.
With donations coming from all over Victoria, the run will see 27 trucks travel a total of 57,340 kilometres carrying 870 bales of hay valued at $82,650.
This will directly help 83 farmers, their families and their communities to recover from fires and dry conditions.
“AHR are very proud to help our farmers, it’s not a handout – it’s a hand up,” said AHR founder, Linda Widdup.
The drivers have just returned from their second run to the Upper Hunter LGA.
Their trucks will now be reloaded to set off to their meeting point in Traralgon on Thursday 30 November.
The next morning at 9am, the convoy will head to Cann River where they will have a short break before continuing on to arrive in Cobargo mid-afternoon.
The following day will be spent unloading and distributing hay before the drivers turn around to head back south for a few rest days before reloading up again to head back north.
AHR are acutely aware of other areas desperate for their help and are still working hard on the last three runs for this year, with the last predicted as its biggest yet.
“We will be announcing the final run of 2023 as soon as we receive approval,” said Widdup.
“There are just so many farmers desperately needing our help in so many areas and, so if you can, please make a donation of hay, see our Facebook page for details on how.”
In other news, Aussie Hay Runners’ logistics team have been working around the clock to pull off their inaugural ‘continuous hay run’ into the fire-ravaged Tenterfield local government area in New South Wales.
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