Finley and district has again played a key role in the annual Burrumbuttock Hay Runners charity run, with local business Agtrade Machinery making a donation to drought affected farmers in rural Australia.
Agtrade Machinery generously donated a 2.5 tonne telehandler with hay forks and pallet forks, as well as round bale pasture hay.
The items were collected by volunteer truck drivers who stopped in Finley on Thursday before embarking on the journey to Cunnamulla in rural Queensland.
From Finley the small convoy of Hay Runners travelled to Darlington Point to rendezvous with the other ‘runners’.
More than 100 trucks left Darlington Point on Friday and arrived in in Cunnamulla on Sunday.
Agtrade Machinery owner Sean McAuliffe said the Hay Runners are doing a fantastic job.
‘‘We’ve been a supporter for the last six years; it’s a very good cause,’’ he said.
‘‘There are people in less fortunate situations than us at the moment.
‘‘A lot of locals put time and effort into supporting the cause and donating their time.
‘‘Derrick Cardwell is our main employee working up there for a few weeks.
‘‘We’ll keep supporting it as long as the Hay Runners continue, and we’re proud to donate every year.’’
Among those to stop and collect donations in Finley was merchandise truck driver Bryan Moore, who started his own journey to participate in Hobart.
Mr Moore said his convoy was thankful for the donation from Agtrade.
‘‘A lot of it is about mental health and just showing people in rural areas there are others who care,’’ Mr Moore said.
‘‘The (Agtrade) donation is awesome and it’s great to see communities pull together.
‘‘It’s not about how big or small, it’s just about the donation; every little bit helps.’’
Mr Moore said Hay Runners was more than just donating.
‘‘On Wednesday night we stayed at a property in Yarroweyah,’’ he said.
‘‘The farmer put on a barbecue and also donated some hay.
‘‘When we arrive in these smaller towns, it’s a great chance to socialise with farmers and it brings in good income for the communities.’’
At least 100 drought-stricken Queensland farmers are expected to benefit from the hay run.