Gregory Fyfe was our fantastic guest speaker last week. He spoke about his time with the Burrumbuttock Hay runners and their mercy run to Ilfracombe just near Longreach in Queensland. The group organised hundreds of trucks and thousands of bales of hay to be delivered to the drought stricken area in northern Queensland. Based in Walbundrie, event organiser, Brenden Farrell has gained the support of the Australian public and completed 11 hay runs since 2014. Initially funded by the Rotary club of Sydney the project has seen many other clubs and organisations jump on board with huge fundraising efforts around the country. Events from concerts to head shaves have raised thousands of dollars and created huge public support for the Burrumbuttock Hay Runners.
Greg explained that the run was not only a great financial help for the local drought stricken farmers, but it was a fantastic moral booster. The local towns were doing it tough and the run was as much about boosting and highlighting the mental health of the farmers as it was feeding their stock. To find out more about the Burrumbuttock hay runners check them out on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/burrumbuttockhayrunners/