Heading out on the Burrumbuttock Hay Run.
Heading out on the Burrumbuttock Hay Run. Alistair Brightman

AUSTRALIA'S HEROES: Burrumbuttock Hay Runners ready for run

AUSTRALIA'S truckies are ready and rearing to go to help farmers affected by the drought in The Burrumbuttock Hay Runners Australia Day run.

The hay runners, started by Brendan Farrell, have become a national institution, trucking out hay and supplies to drought affected parts of Australia for a few years now.

Brendan took to Facebook recently to share details of the upcoming Australia Day run, which will stop at Cunnamulla, Charleville and Quilpie and is sponsored by NTI truck insurance.

"Everyone will have to be at Darlington Point on January 23 - it's a Wednesday. We head off at 6am on the Thursday morning (January 24)," he said.

The group will spend Thursday night in Cunnamulla, with a barbeque and a few beers, and then head up to Charleville and then on to Quilpie on Friday.

The ballot will happen on Saturday, with trucks filled up with hay to be taken to the farmers in need.

A concert will also be held after the run is completed on Saturday night.

He said almost 200 trucks were already signed on, with more coming on board.

"This isn't a paid exercise, this is what we call the bill of giving," Brendan said.

"Truck drivers from all of Australia and Tasmania jump on board to give a weekend - the Australia Day weekend - and I couldn't think of a better weekend to do it."

For more information about the hay run, or to find out how to get involved, head to their website

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