Hay run goes to Gippsland

By Country News

One hundred trucks have thundered through the heart of drought-ravaged NSW delivering thousands of bales of hay to drought-affected farmers, but somewhere closer to home is set to be the next stop.

Having returned from the NSW hay run on Father’s Day, trucks and hay will again set off to help those dealing with drought conditions in east Gippsland.

The convoy of trucks brought with them volunteers eager to help, as well as hundreds of care packages filled with everything from groceries to donations and pet food.

Organised by the Lions Club’s Need for Feed Disaster Relief, the hay run is one of several that have been heading north in recent weeks with plenty of help from locals in northern Victoria and the southern Riverina.

The hay run again saw people from all corners of the region lending a hand, with Numurkah-based GV Crane Trucks donating five of its 14-strong fleet to the cause.

After hearing about the hay run from customer Padman Stops, GV Crane Trucks’ owner Terry Coonan said the team was quick to jump on board.

Having done a number of runs up to northern NSW as part of his work with the company, Mr Coonan was keen to do what he could to help.

Ultimately ending up delivering hay in Narrabri (175km north-west of Tamworth), he said it was incredible to see everyone do what they could to help.

‘‘We also did a ring around of our customers and got more than $5500 of donations and vouchers from customers who chipped in,’’ he said.

‘‘It was an excellent event ... we’ll probably try to do another one at a later date.’’

The Lions Club’s Need for Feed Disaster Relief has already confirmed dates for six future hay runs, including one to east Gippsland from September 14 to 16 and another to central NSW from September 28 to 30.

Hay runs will continue during the last Friday, Saturday and Sunday of every month, including the annual Australia Day run.

■For more information regarding the Gippsland hay run phone Don on 0429 995 850 or Daryl on 0417 558 032.

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