Farmers Across Borders
December, 2019 – Jeep Australia is again proudly supporting Farmers Across Borders in 2020, helping drought-affected farmers by delivering donated feed this coming Australia Day.
Farmers Across Borders is a not-for-profit organisation founded in 2014 by Esperance farmers Sam Starcevich and Anne Bell. Wanting to help their drought-stricken neighbours in New South Wales, Sam and Anne organised a convoy of 16 road trains carrying 560 tonnes of donated feed from WA farmers.
This year, Farmers Across Borders delivered over 3,000 tonnes of hay through a convoy of 47 road trains driven by local volunteers of hay to farmers in Cobar NSW.
In 2020 Farmers Across Borders are out to do it again, this time donating hay to farmers in their own backyard. The team have worked tirelessly with their community to gather feed which will be donated to farmers in Meekatharra and surrounding towns.
Ms Starcevich says this year’s donated feed delivery was an incredible feat by those who supported and she’s looking forward to doing it again next year.
“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 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,” continued Mr Flynn.
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, please visit https://www.farmersacrossborders.com.au/ or https://www.jeep.com.au/farmers-across-borders.html