Get a small community together behind a good cause and you never know what they might come up with.
In the case of 15 local farmers from across Texas and Mingoola, the answer is three impressive road trains full of hay headed for drought-stricken properties in Queensland’s Central West.
The total donation is worth around $35,000, an amount that even the farmers were shocked they managed to reach.
They will join the Burrumbuttock Hay Runners, a movement of support that’s already seen 10 convoys so far.
Mundy Sattolo of Mt Bowman was inspired by the last run and rounded up the farmers in his area to support the cause.
“No one hesitated because we went through the 2011 flood and everyone helped us out… at the end of the day what comes around goes around and it’s our way of giving back,” says Mundy.
The road trains are due to meet up with the main convoy in Augathella on Thursday night before heading into Ilfracombe on Friday.
An unprecedented level of donations means the convoy is expected to be so long that the first truck will arrive in Ilfracombe just as the last one is leaving Blackall; a stretch of about 200km in length.
“I think one reason why it’s been so successful is because the farmers are actually helping the farmers,” says Mundy.
“The trucking industry and the farmers go hand-in-hand, that’s why so many trucks are involved.”
It takes a whole community to pull off a feat this big, and even those who didn’t have hay still found a way to pitch in.
“It’s been a tremendous effort from everyone… the donation of the money for fuel, people who didn’t have hay had trucks, they helped cart it down,” says Mundy’s wife, Arlene.
“Logistically it was just a whole community effort.”
Mundy and Arlene hope their donations will help drought-stricken farmers make it through the severe conditions.
“We know how humbling it is to accept help from the outside.
“At the end of the day hopefully this will pick them up psychologically and mentally… it’s a small drop in a big ocean but we just want to let them know there is people out there thinking of them.”