Burrumbuttock Hay Runners prepare for another run

DROUGHT RELIEF: Trucks carrying hay to drought-affected areas of western Queensland.
DROUGHT RELIEF: Trucks carrying hay to drought-affected areas of western Queensland. Contributed

A BIGGER and better hay run to help drought-affected farmers in Central Queensland is being organised.

Speaking from Cobar, the Burrumbuttock Hay Runner himself, Brendan Farrell, took the time to tell us about his latest venture.

Since the last hay run, Farrell's 10th, he has become a household name.

People recognise him down the street, which is something the truckie and farmer is not used to.

"People take photos and stuff," he said.

"Three quarters of the world know who I am now."

Despite his newfound fame, Farrell stays true to the reason he started the hay runs.

"We could do one run every week and not even make a dent in it (the drought)."

This hay run will see about 170 trucks and 250 trailers hopefully taking 10,000 rounds and squares of hay to about 500 farmers.

He said the reason was saving lives and so that the next generation of farmers could stay on the land and be encouraged back to the land.

"There's so many farmers out there in that much trouble."

The next run is set to arrive in Ilfracombe on April 1, and if it was anything like the last run, it will be an emotional journey.

"I think every truck driver was affected. I saw the biggest burliest drivers cry," he said.

For his efforts to help drought-affected Aussies, people have been calling for him to be nominated as Australian of the Year.

But being Mr Farrell, he said the award should go to someone more deserving.

"I'm just a bloke in a truck doing what's right," he said.

While he's got enough trucks on board for the next convoy thanks to some 100,000 fans on Facebook, he still needs donations to help out with fuel to get the convoy up to Ilfracombe.

That bill is about $500,000 and will be harder to meet since Caltex has pulled their support.

He also needs a new truck; he's currently driving a 1994 K100E cab over, which is better than the one he used for the first few convoys, which was a 1980 model cab over.

This will probably be the last Burrumbuttock Hay run for a while as they take about five months to organise, but Mr Farrell said it won't be the last.

To donate find the details on their Facebook page.

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