AUSTRALIA - Fire relief hay run-Scone has 22 trucks heading out to the Sir Ivan bushfire affected properties on Sunday carrying donations of fencing material, stock feed and other products.
One of the trucks in the convoy belongs to Farmers Warehouse and it will be laden with Waratah fencing gear along with other donated items.
Farmers Warehouse dairy business manager Warren Baldacchino said the company was happy to support the relief, which was being organised by Aberdeen dairy farmer Brad Smith.
The group originally set out to raise $700, but were completely caught off-guard and overwhelmed when the dedicated fundraising account hit the $25,000 mark.
Once word got out about what we were doing, we got donations from everywhere, Brad said.
We originally started with the hope of delivering some hay bales, but once we saw the donations coming in, we knew there was so much more we could do.
Their truck and its load will be heading to the village of Uarbry, which was virtually wiped-out by the fire, while hay donations will also go to Cassilis and Coolah.
Its a great initiative by Brad to help the victims and apart from the donations plenty of people, myself included, will be working on site on Sunday rebuilding fences, says Warren.
We will be joined by other volunteers including a bus load of Tocal Agricultural College students.
Shows great community spirit to assist people who have been devastated by the fire.
Warren said their suppliers had also pitched in with donations.
Any fencing material left over from the day will be give to BlazeAid a volunteer-based organisation that works with families and individuals in rural Australia after natural disasters such as fires and floods.