Organiser Glenn ‘Yogi’ Kendall says the Great Southern Hearts ‘Drive for Life’ convoy grew from “two mates with an idea” to a large hay and feed convoy heading east from Western Australia to deliver drought relief to farmers.
Mr Kendall of Kendall Trucking & Co at Katanning and Peter Wright of Peter Wright Transport at Kojonup – both in Western Australia – were the brains behind the operation in which eight trucks and two road trains are carting 128 tons of donated hay and bagged feed from Kojonup to drought-stricken communities in South Australia and New South Wales, including at Kimba.
Their final stop will be at Gunnedah, near Tamworth.
The convoy drove into Kimba late Thursday afternoon after dropping bales of hay in Minnipa for distribution.
The Kimba pub played host to the group for dinner and a meet and greet, and were welcomed by deputy mayor Graeme Baldock.
The film crew from television show ‘Outback Truckers’ also visited, filming for next year’s season.
Mr Kendall said while donating was important, the convoy also had a strong focus on promoting and supporting local businesses in rural areas across the country.
Drivers in the convoy took almost no food with them, making sure to buy from local business in every town they visit.
Mr Kendall said Kimba was held in high esteem by the trucking community, with clean, accessible facilities and great businesses to visit.
“It’s the least we can do, bring in a little crowd,” he said.