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Destination – Birdsville: The Long Drive For Drought begins
August 29, 2023

They’re on the road again!

A 50-strong convoy of classic Toyota Landcruisers have set off across Queensland and New South Wales to raise $100,000 to help disaster-affected farmers across Australia.

This is the fourth year of the Long Drive For Drought, a fundraising event that provides much needed support to farmers and their communities.

Starting in Goondiwindi, the drivers will spend around 9 days on the road and visit 16 towns before the journey wraps up in Birdsville for the iconic annual race meet.

“Many of the regions we’re visiting this year have been drought-declared for more than 6 years, and some have also experienced flood, fire, and plagues,” said Long Drive For Drought Founder, Brent Reeman.

“We’re lucky enough to see firsthand the impact our fundraising has when we visit farms that have benefited from support from Drought Angels along the way,” he said.

Long Drive For Dorught Landcruisers lined up in front of the GrainCorp silos at Yelarbon

The Drought Angels charity began in 2014 with co-workers Natasha Johnston and Nicki Blackwell delivering supplies from the back of a ute to farming families in need.

To date, the Long Drive For Drought initiative has raised $265,466 for the Drought Angels as their charity partner.

Drought Angels have delivered over $500,000 in financial and in-kind support to Aussie farming families during the 2022-2023 financial year alone.

“The Long Drive for Drought is more than a fundraising journey, it’s a lifeline connecting hearts across our rural communities,” said Drought Angels Founder, Natasha Johnston.

Long Drive For Drought drivers refuelling for the next leg of their journey

The second day of the trip included a pit stop for lunch in Garah, NSW, where the local GrainCorp team warmly welcomed the convoy.  

“It’s a great opportunity for GrainCorp to support a charity that gives back to rural communities, particularly in these important areas where we operate,” said Jeff Moodie, GrainCorp’s Gladstone Port Operations Manager – who is taking part in the drive.

“I’ve been looking forward to getting out on the road with fellow 40-series enthusiasts and raising much needed funds for people doing it tough, while supporting small businesses in the towns we visit. It’s a humbling experience,” he added.

Landcruisers parked up opposite GrainCorp’s Garah site

To follow the progress of the drive, head to the Long Drive For Drought’s Instagram and Facebook pages.

Know of a charity or organisation that could use our support? Head to our GrainCorp Community Fund page for more info.

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