Run will re­turn

Shepparton News - Country News - - ROYAL MELBOURNE SHOW 2017 -

Bur­rum­but­tock Hay Run­ners are plan­ning an­other ma­jor do­na­tion of up to 500 semi trailer-loads of hay to drought­stricken Queens­land farm­ers.

Hay Run­ners founder Bren­dan Far­rell made the an­nounce­ment at the Henty Ma­chin­ery Field Days on Septem­ber 21.

Mr Far­rell said drought con­di­tions in parts of Queens­land con­tin­ued to be se­vere.

The hay run to south­ern Queens­land will co­in­cide with Aus­tralia Day 2018.

He said the char­ity nude cal­en­dar orig­i­nally planned for launch at the field days had been de­layed un­til Novem­ber.

Male and fe­male truck driv­ers from around Aus­tralia got their gear off for the cal­en­dar, with all funds raised from sales go­ing to­wards fuel for the hay runs.

‘‘We are aim­ing to print at least 100 000 cal­en­dars. They fea­ture ev­ery­day blokes like my­self when love han­dles are com­pli­men­tary at 40,’’ Mr Far­rell said.

‘‘We are not super models. All the shots are from be­hind and the cal­en­dars will be well-priced.

‘‘All the money goes to fuel for trucks to help farm­ers in need. When you travel from Co­bar to Hugh­en­den, it’s bar­ren and there’s a lot of pain.’’

Mr Far­rell said this year’s hay run fin­ished at Mut­taburra in cen­tral west­ern Queens­land, with 320 truck­loads of do­nated hay de­liv­ered.

‘‘We bought gro­ceries out of the lit­tle town’s su­per­mar­ket and do­nated $5000 to the Mut­taburra Mud­skip­pers to erect a shade cov­er­ing over the chil­dren’s swim­ming pool,’’ he said.

‘‘All money raised is hand­balled to small ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties be­cause if they die, we’ll be all liv­ing on the beach.

‘‘We need to keep peo­ple on the land, oth­er­wise we will be in trou­ble in five to 10 years time.’’

Help­ing out . . . Bur­rum­but­tock Hay Run­ners founder Bren­dan Far­rell at Henty.

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