Relief from drought: Convoy heads to NSW regional to help farmers who need it

<pre><pre>Relief from drought: Convoy heads to NSW regional to help farmers who need it

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

Thirty cars made the 200-kilometer trip on Saturday from Lithgow to Yeoval, south of Dubbo, to provide relief to the farmers.

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 transport more than 8500 liters of water.

Engineer Sergey Antonov 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 friends of Antonov, the interest spread quickly once he published the event on social networks.

In a matter of days, dozens of people from the Russian community, as well as the Indian and Nepalese communities, volunteered 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. Antonov 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."

The volunteers arrived at their destination on Saturday night, in time for an event in the only pub in the city where part of the aid was distributed.

Farmers rarely ask for help

The generous donations brought smiles to the faces of those who fight the most.

"We are very happy and the faith restored in all is to know that the city is really thinking of the farmers," said Yeoval farmer Joy Haycock.

Her daughter Krystal has been coordinating the drought relief for the Yeoval community and said the support has been overwhelming.

She hopes the help will help some 60 families over the next month.

"Many homes are out of the water, many households can not buy luxury goods in their grocery stores, they only dedicate themselves to basic foods, so these goods will be a tremendously stimulating experience for the people who will receive them."

"Farmers are a very rare breed, they rarely ask for help, I do not think farmers have ever asked for food since 1982, so this is a community that is picking up and listening to farmers."