Drought crisis: Convoy drives 200km to help farmers who need it

Dozens of volunteers travel in a convoy from Sydney to deliver much needed products to some of the farmers affected by the drought in New South Wales.

More than 20 cars make a 200-kilometer trip from Lithgow to Yeoval, south of Dubbo, to help farmers.

More than 20 cars drive together to Yeoval, south of Dubbo, to deliver groceries to farmers affected by the drought.

More than 20 cars drive together to Yeoval, south of Dubbo, to deliver groceries to farmers affected by the drought.

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Its route includes canned food, coffee, toiletries and four trailers that carry more than 1000 liters of water.

Engineer Sergio Antov was inspired to help farmers after seeing several heartbreaking stories of despair endured by farmers.

"As soon as I saw on the news that Australian farmers are struggling to feed the younger generation of their actions, I realized that I had to do something now," he told SBS News.

Initially, an idea among three of Antov's friends, the interest quickly spread once he posted the event on social media.

In a few days, dozens of people from the Russian community offered to join the convoy.

The convoy is driving 200km to reach farmers in New South Wales hit by drought.

The convoy is driving 200km to reach farmers in New South Wales hit by drought.

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"I am really grateful for all the people who answered my call over the Internet, I am really amazed," he said.

"Farmers spend most of their budgets on the supply of stocks and are now struggling to feed themselves, it's not right, this situation should be fixed in some way, so that's why we're trying to save the farmers and cover them. back.

"If I can help them not to think about their daily basic needs". I will be happy."

Along with a great journey, Mr. Antov has also packed his engineering tools.

"I know there are some problems with the pumps and the water heating system in the farmers," he said.

"I'm ready to roll my sleeves and ready."

Volunteers are expected to arrive at their destination on Saturday night at an event in the local pub in the city where part of the aid will be distributed.