Drought communities to benefit from Hay Runners calendar

Brendan Farrell will launch the 2018 Burrumbuttock Hay Runners charity calendar at the field days.

Burrumbuttock Hay Runners have bared all in the name of charity and will launch their cheeky 2018 calendar at the Henty Machinery Field Days.

Organiser Brendan Farrell spearheaded the idea of a fund raising calendar where at least 24 hay runners posed nude with strategically placed bales of hay.

Mr Farrell said the calendar had already attracted international attention, with all funds raised to go to drought-stricken regions.

He will launch the calendar at The Stump at 11am on Thursday, September 21.

Men and women, all truck drivers from Tasmania, Euroa, Ballarat, Albury, Sydney, Leeton, Griffith and Towoomba, have volunteered to pose for the calendar.

Mr Farrell said drought conditions continued in Queensland at Longreach, Blackall and Ilfracombe.

“It’s a bit of fun and humour to raise some money for fuel for trucks,’’ he said.

“There’s a lot of talk about this calendar through NSW, Queensland and over to Perth so it’s definitely getting the message out that our farmers in drought stricken areas are looking down the barrel of a gun.

“Hay runs are 50 per cent fuel and 50 per cent mental health.’’

The Burrumbuttock Hay Runners merchandise truck, selling shirts, caps, stickers, wrist bands and stubby holders, will be operational in 8th Farm Avenue during the field days.

“The merchandise sales raise money for fuel so we can keep the dream alive for farmers because the drought hasn’t gone away,’’ Mr Farrell said.

He recently handed over $10,000 to Muttaburra Golf Club for a golf shed and unloaded a bunker of 120 tonnes of grain for the region’s struggling livestock producers.

A charity golf day is planned for the Wodonga Golf Club on October 13 while the University of New England’s Robb College has raised $35,000 in hay donations for the Hay Runners trip in January to Queensland.

Mr Farrell aims to have 500 trucks deliver 25,000 big square bales to a 350km radius of Barcaldine.

“Hay Runners delivered 560 hampers to dairy farming families throughout Victoria with the help of the Lions Club of Barooga,’’ he said.

“The hampers weren’t just food but contained Australian made gumboots and toys for the kids.’’



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