HAY RUN HEROES
MEET THE TRUCKIES HELPING DROUGHT-STRICKEN FARMERS
MK Trucking co-owner Mick Kaandorp reckons he’s just doing what any other truckie should be doing, given half the chance to help our struggling farmers.
He has a truck, and the time to spare, so teaming with his good mate and fellow driver Tony Fulton – best known for the popular Tones Truckin’ Stories Facebook page – for an 1100km hay run into drought-ravaged Bourke was an easy choice.
Tony recruited his Frankston Bombers Football Club president Chris Sharman to help nominate a worthy recipient for the August 31 mercy dash.
The brunt of the costs are being met by a GoFundMe page which at the time of writing had nearly half the trio’s $20,000 target to cover the expense of fuel and hay for their B-double and semi-trailer.
“I’m taking bit of time off in a couple of weeks just before finished wouldn’t mind doing something with a hay run, more to do my bit,” said the Wauchope-based Mick.
“Everybody else is getting involved and doing their thing, and when we can do it, I think it’s a bit slack that we don’t do it.”
Humble hero Mick said he felt that he had a moral duty to get on board.
“We cart a lot of farm gear, if they’re struggling to buy hay, they’re definitely not going to buy tractors, so it’s a bit of a cycle.
“In the in long run they might have little bit more extra money to buy new equipment which I get paid for then by transport. And I really think everyone should do their own bit.
“It’s a chain reaction... one person helps another person, helps another person. And everyone benefit from a little bit of effort and really it’s not a lot of effort that Tony and I are doing.”
Tony is confident that the fundraising target will be met. Any surplus funds will be ploughed straight back into the Rotary Club’s drought relief.
“We’ve got the date locked in and we want to get this going sooner than later.”
For details on how to help fund the trip, visit Tony’s Facebook page, or search for HAY! Let’s look after ‘em on gofundme.com.
HELPING: MK Trucking co-owner Mick Kaandorp is looking forward to doing his bit for struggling farmers.
Hay run organiser Tony Fulton (with his trusty sidekick).