Truck­ies unite to ease drought pain

Great Southern Herald - - News - Shan­non Smith

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.

Pic­ture: Gareth Thomas

Ken­dall Truck­ing and Co owner-driver Glenn Ken­dall has or­gan­ised a con­voy to travel across the Nullar­bor for the Drive for Life.

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