Truckies pull in with drought relief from Maryborough

HAY ANGELS: The three Maryborough trucks and their drivers in Augathella on their way to drop off hay.
HAY ANGELS: The three Maryborough trucks and their drivers in Augathella on their way to drop off hay. Contributed

THREE Maryborough truck drivers with a heart of gold are returning from a four-day dusty goodwill mission to take 172 bales of hay out to drought stricken farmers in desperate need of feed for their stock.

Richers' Transport's Rob McEvoy, Highway One's Ben Mackay and sole operator Ross Harris have just returned from a trip to Ilfracombe loaded with the feed.

All three donated their driving time while their company's donated the trucks.

They joined part of a convoy organised specifically to help get stock feed to those in need.

As well as the much needed hay, the three trucks were filled with toys to give to farmer's children.

The trip would not have been possible without the force of Andrea Hamilton who has pent the last few weeks raising money to provide hay and fuel for the trucks.

Ms Hamilton said it costs about $4000 per truck of hay.

"It is just something our family is really passionate about," she said.

Ms Hamilton followed the trucks out from Maryborough in support of what they were doing and spoke to a number of farmers.

"There has been a lot of tears," she said.

Ms Hamilton said she struggled when she spoke to a farmer near Augathella who was not aware of the convoy but was in desperate need of feed.

"I just wish we could have helped out but our hay was already allocated," she said.

The Maryborough mum instead opened her own wallet and also provided the farmer with some toys for her children.

Ms Hamilton said looking at the countryside was shocking.

At first glance it appeared green but up close it was clear the plants were all weeds.

"There is just no feed," she said.

Ms Hamilton said she had seen new saplings which already had brown leaves.

"If a wild tree can't survive what hope does an animal have," she said.

To donate to drought stricken farmers search for Drought Angels on Facebook.

Topics:  charity drought drought assistance

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