Bur­rum­but­tock Hay Run­ners gear up for Quilpe trip

The Western Star - - RURAL WEEKLY - CAS­SAN­DRA GLOVER Cas­san­[email protected]­ral­weekly.com.au

QUILPIE has been cho­sen as this year’s des­ti­na­tion for the 15th an­nual Bur­rum­but­tock Hay Run.

The con­voy will visit Quilpie, Eulo and Thar­go­min­dah on the Aus­tralia Day week­end, from Jan­uary 26–27.

“Quilpie is one of those lit­tle towns in the mid­dle of nowhere that gets for­got­ten about,” Bren­dan Far­rell, founder of Bur­rum­but­tock Hay Run­ners, said.

“There are a lot of those sorts of towns in Queens­land and New South Wales, and those are the places I try and help.

“We buy a lot of the pro­duce from the lo­cal bak­ery and butcher shop to feed the 1000 odd peo­ple who tag along. “It’s a 1.5-day trip.

“We have to do a stop-over in Cun­na­mulla and rest there and then head out to Quilpie the next day.”

Mr Far­rell did his first hay run af­ter meet­ing a farmer from Bourke, New South Wales, who was do­ing it tough.

“He was strug­gling, his only in­come was his sheep and he was rais­ing two kids,” Mr Far­rell said.

“I ended up tak­ing 22 trucks out to him that week­end.”

From that trip, the Bur­rum­but­tock Hay Run­ners was born.

Mr Far­rell has con­tin­ued to or­gan­ise a hay run to an area in need on the Aus­tralia Day week­end each year.

“It’s the thrill of giv­ing and it’s help­ing the farm­ers in the Out­back,” he said.

“They’re get­ting hay to their live­stock, but also show­ing that some­one still gives a s--t about them.”

Mr Far­rell said ev­ery­thing for the Bur­rum­but­tock Hay Run was do­nated, from the trucks, to the hay, and vol­un­teers do­nat­ing their time.

“We have to raise any­where from $700,000 to $1 mil­lion each year,” he said.

“The more that’s do­nated, the more trucks we can get on the road to help the farm­ers.

“We have loyal peo­ple that have done all 14 runs.

“We have some me­chan­ics that are do­ing their sev­enth run, first aid of­fi­cers do­ing their 10th run.

“No one is get­ting paid for it, we just do it be­cause we can.”

Help­ing farm­ers is an is­sue close to Mr Far­rell’s heart as he is a farmer.

“I have two farms my­self, and I’m a truck driver,” he said.

“I have cat­tle and crops. “I do­nate a bit of hay ev­ery year as well.”

PHOTO: LUIS ASCUI

HELP­ING OUT: Bren­dan 'Bumpa' Far­rell started the Bur­rum­but­tock Hay Run­ners in 2003.

PHOTO: LYN­DON MECHIELSEN

The Bur­rum­but­tock Hay Run­ners will be go­ing to Quilpie on the 15th an­nual trip.

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