I’d like to bring this blog to your attention – I’m honoured to know Rod Hannifey. I first met Rod when he was driving for Toll Liquid Distribution – he would deliver petrol and diesel first then come out to my work and collect 40,000 litres of tallow from our rendering/by-products plant. I’ve admired Rod’s amazing work with the Truckright Industry Vehicle (in the original and now the MkII version, both of which Rod drives for Rod Pilon Transport out of Dubbo, NSW, Australia).
Rod has won a prestigious Churchill Fellowship for his work in safety in road transport – this blog will be used to feature parts of his European trip showing road safety – check it out here: TRUCKRIGHT – Blog
On Saturday June 24, 2017, I was able to witness an amazing, amazing sight – 10 trucks hauling hay from Indigo Valley, Victoria to Dunedoo, New South Wales….
This run was put together by the Lions Club of Pakenham, Need for Feed Disaster Relief and all the drivers who took part…. it almost made me cry to see the mammoth effort put into the convoy and run!
Indigo Valley had a disastrous bushfire back in 2015 – the Dunedoo community rallied behind them with a convoy of trucks hauling hay and important supplies. In February 2017, the Sir Ivan bushfire at Dunedoo consumed just over 90,000ha of land in 24 hours, this was during what was a rather bad day with catastrophic fire conditions so the Indigo Valley community and Need for Feed decided to return the favour to the community of Dunedoo. Hay was loaded on Friday at the ready for Friday evening to come around – Saturday morning saw the convoy converge on West Wyalong to continue the journey north for a early afternoon arrival into Dubbo and a late afternoon/early evening arrival at Dunedoo.
Thanks to Graham Cockerell and his team from Need for Feed Disaster Relief, Paul Eddy and all the other drivers who took part and Shaun Jones for the help getting the hay organised….. without you folks, this would not have been possible!
For further information on future runs, feel free to contact Graham on 0459444111 or check out Need for Feed Disaster Relief on Facebook: