Burrumbuttock Hay Runners are ready for the 2019 Australia Day hay run
Burrumbuttock Hay Runners are ready for the 2019 Australia Day hay run

Droughts can't be overcome overnight, farmers need support

WHILE drought relief and hay donation has been a "hot topic" recently, National Transport Insurance's chief executive officer Tony Clark says it's important to recognise this is an ongoing issue and it's the long term continuation of support that helps make a difference.

NTI a major sponsor of the Burrumbuttock Hay Runners 14th Hay Run, this Australia Day long weekend.

"Droughts don't happen overnight, and they can't be overcome overnight. Our farmers are relying on the ongoing support to make a real impact," he said.

"Thousands of Australians, and generations of families, dedicate their lives to sustaining agriculture in our unforgiving climate. The Burrumbuttock Hay Runners show the true spirit of this country through the combined efforts of volunteers, businesses, and community groups who donate their time and resources - year after year".

Founded by Brendan "Bumpa" Farrell in 2014, the Burrumbuttock Hay Runners helps members of the transport and farming industries by transporting and providing essential resources to drought stricken farmers.

1/4/2016: The
1/4/2016: The "Burrumbuttock Hay Runners" huge convoy of arround 250 prime movers and 400 trailers complete their 1860km run hauling $6 million worth of hay to Ilfracombe, east of Longreach, QLD. Organised by Brendan Bumpa Farrell the charity hay drive arrives to start unloading thousands of bales of hay for distribution to greatful local drought affected farmers. Lyndon Mechielsen/The Australian Lyndon Mechielsen

The hay run will take place January 24-26 and stretch from Darlington Point in New South Wales to Quilpie in Queensland.

This event will mark the 14th convoy in just five years, to distribute multi-million dollar hauls of hay.

NTI will be along for the full, three day journey in the company's fully restored 1946 Ford Jailbar - this time displaying an all-new green and black vinyl wrap.

Follow the convoy, check out the faces, and catch behind the scenes footage of this extraordinary operation by jumping on the National Transport Insurance Facebook page.

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