HAY RUN HE­ROES

MEET THE TRUCKIES HELP­ING DROUGHT-STRICKEN FARM­ERS

Big Rigs - - FRONT PAGE - James Gra­ham James.Gra­ham@bi­grigs.com.au

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.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

HELP­ING: MK Truck­ing co-owner Mick Kaan­dorp is look­ing for­ward to do­ing his bit for strug­gling farm­ers.

PHOTO: KATE DODD

Hay run or­gan­iser Tony Ful­ton (with his trusty side­kick).

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