Truckies unite to ease drought pain
Local truck drivers are packing their trucks full of feed to head east later this month and provide relief for drought-stricken farmers.
Glenn Kendall, also known as Yogi, of Kendall Trucking and Co, has organised a convoy of 10 prime movers to travel across the Nullarbor in the Drive for Life.
Mr Kendall said donations had been flooding in from the local community, with three loads of scarcely found hay and seven loads of feed pellets.
“(It is) feed that has been donated to us from farmers, small businesses and community members,” he said. “Even a couple of local feed mills have jumped on and people have donated wheat, barley or cereal and the mill has processed it and turned it into a feed pellet and for sheep and cattle.
“It is easy for us to cart and it just goes into bulker bags and then we distribute the bulker bags to the farms.”
The journey is expected to take a week and is anticipated to be a fun journey — it even includes a stopover in Mildura to watch the AFL grand final.
The relief drive also puts a strong focus on rural mental and physical health, with a psychologist tagging along for the journey.
He said he really wanted people to join the convoy and encouraged them to come along for a drive.
“For people who really want to go for a drive across the Nullarbor and you have never done it, there is no greater opportunity than now,” he said.
“That’s why we did it in the September school holidays. This is also a great chance for people to talk.
Psychologists are not mythical creatures that you never talk to; they are normal people and they aren’t going to bite you. We are trying to get a couple of health professionals to come — they can take your blood pressure, prick your finger, just little stuff.”
CWA Nyabing and Lions Kojonup are donation points.
For more information about the drive, visit www.greatsouth ernhearts.com.au.
Kendall Trucking and Co owner-driver Glenn Kendall has organised a convoy to travel across the Nullarbor for the Drive for Life.