• Hannah Phillips

Burrumbuttock Hay Runners Delivering More than Just Feed

The Burrumbuttock Hay Runners are a group of volunteers, delivering donated hay to drought affected farmers across Australia.

Started by Brendan 'Bumpa' Farrell OAM back in 2014, the Hay Runners have now grown to become a symbol of solidarity for our farmers, delivering not only necessary fodder for animals, but a sense of mateship and support for those doing it tough.

Image Source - Burrumbuttock Hay Runners website

As stated on their website, "Farmers impacted by drought often struggle to ask for help and many due to the financial strain of trying to keep the farm afloat also battle mental health issues.

"Brendan and the BHR team know that the hay they deliver will only provide temporary relief but it’s about showing fellow Australians that someone cares about them."

Brendan joined Flow FM on today's Country Viewpoint to share the Burrumbuttock Hay Runners story and explain how everyday Australians can show their support for our farmers facing drought.

To show your support or donate to the Hay Runners, visit their website: www.hayrunners.com.

If you are in need of support during the drought or would like to offer help in other ways, the following websites and phone lines are available at anytime.

  • Need For Feed

  • Buy a Bale

  • Rural Aid

  • Drought Angels

  • Aussie Helpers

  • Thirsty Cow

  • Red Cross

  • Farm Household Allowance: Department of Human Services – 13 23 16

  • Social support: Department of Social Services – 1300 653 227

  • Farm Management Deposits: Australian Taxation Office – 13 28 66

  • Rural Financial Counselling Service – 1800 686 175

  • Climate updates and forecasts: Bureau of Meteorology

  • Lifeline available for 24/7 support - 13 11 14