TEARS in the eyes of grateful farmers have spurred a local hero to stage another mercy dash to a drought-stricken part of the state.
Griffith truckie Brendan Farrell said he made the decision to repeat last month’s Burrumbuttock to Bourke Hay Run just days after getting home.
When the convoy rolls out for the second time it will have more than doubled in size from 21 trucks to 50, half of which will be road trains from Western Australia.
“We’re going again and this time we’re doing it bigger and better – instead of looking after 90 farmers we think we can look after between 400 and 500,” Mr Farrell said.
“When we got to Bourke I shook every single farmer’s hand and we had old farmers in tears thanking us so much.
“Some of the farmers we helped out had travelled 240 kilometres for just 10 squares of hay which is a long way and shows how desperately they need it.”
The first convoy attracted national attention and shed light on the high suicide rate in drought-ravaged northern NSW.
The hay will be primarily used for feeding breeding stock so when the drought breaks farmers have cattle to build a herd with.
“I said if they raised the money we’d go again and they did, so here we are holding up our end of the bargain,” he said.
“There are still a lot of people hurting and at the end of the day there’s enough hay to go round we just need to get it there.”
The 25 trucks coming from Burrumbuttock will travel through Griffith with a police escort at around 9.30am on Friday, April 4.