Jeep Australia has announced it will support Farmers Across Borders in 2020 by feeding and supplying support vehicles for its relief run in 2020.
Charity group Farmers Across Borders is planning to send feed to drought-stricken farmers in Meekatharra and surrounding towns and Jeep Australia said it will be helping out. Farmers Across Borders has been up and running since 2014 when the founders, Esperance farmers Sam Starcevich and Anne Bell when they gathered 560 tonnes of feed for drought-stricken farmers in New South Wales.
The charity group organised another run earlier this year, sending 3000 tonnes via 476 road trains to Cobar in NSW. This year, they’re gathering feed to send to Meekatharra and the surrounding areas.
“The generosity of West Aussie farmers, local communities and sponsors continues to blow me away, it has become a community effort to help those that are doing it tough with the drought,” Ms Starcevich said.
“This year we accomplished more than we ever thought we could and in January we’re going to help our fellow West Australians. Seeing the appreciation of the families who we are helping is very special.”
Jeep Australia has said it will provide the volunteers with meals throughout the journey and a fleet of support vehicles. Managing Director and CEO of Jeep Australia, Kevin Flynn, said he was overwhelmed with the severity of the situation and the passion of the not-for-profit.
“Sam and the team are making a truly positive impact on families across West Australia. Jeep Australia is honoured to be working again with Sam and the broader team at Farmers Across Borders. The volunteers and the way the local communities are pulling together to support the affected farmers is incredibly admirable.”
On average, a road train will need approximately $10,000 of fuel to make the trip. Farmers Across Borders is looking for support to help fund fuel costs. To make a donation or for more information about Farmers Across Borders, visit https://www.farmersacrossborders.com.au/