Run will return
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.