Truckies answer call for help from mum
FULL-time Jimboomba mum Rachael Eddy is not giving up on the water-starved Granite Belt region in Queensland without a fight.
Thanks to massive support from the transport industry, Rachael is preparing to lead her second convoy of trucks into the drought- stricken community in as many months.
She is hoping to have as many as 10 trucks on the Let's Send Them a Truck Load Water Convoy on October 26, organised in conjunction with Granite Belt Drought Assist.
Rachael organised three trucks from C and K Transport carrying 63,000 litres to Granite Belt Fruit Freighters, 10km north of Stanthorpe, in September.
But such is the desperate ongoing need for help in the area, Rachael was determined to at least triple that on her return.
"Truckies have donated trucks, time and fuel,” she told Big Rigs.
"All we need now is the money (to buy the water).
"We'll just keep going and do what we can. Without these people taking water out there, these people have nothing. There are some out there who haven't had water for one or two years.”
An emotional Rachael said it was hard to fathom how tough it had become for farmers and others in the region until you saw it for yourself.
"Day zero is getting close,” she said.
"They're down to about 5per cent (of town reserves) and they are spending $1000-$2000 a week just to keep their cattle alive.
"It's a nasty, vicious circle but until the drought breaks, we just need to help them. Sadly the government isn't doing enough.”
While she said all the big suppliers rejected her plea for help, Rachael negotiated a deal with Queensland Bottlers for water at just $70 for 10,000 litres and $4 for 10-litre drinking bottles.
"So please keep the donations coming so we can try to fill 10 trucks,” she said.
Cash donations for the next convoy need to be in by October 18 to allow for processing - see flyer below for bank details - and bottled water donations need to be with Rachael and the team by October 24 to give them time for packaging. Drop-off points are also listed in the flyer below.
As part of a long-term assistance to the people of the Granite Belt, and Granite Belt Drought Assist, Rachael has also now set in place weekly water deliveries with the assistance of "some truly amazing big kind-hearted people”, including Booth Transport.
If there is no rain by the end of spring, the council has estimated it will have to truck in 45 loads of water a day, costing up to $2 million a month.