Founded by Western Australian farmers Sam Starcevich and Anne Bell in 2014 to support drought-stricken farmers in NSW, the first convoy of 16 road trains saw 560 tonnes of feed from WA farmers sent across the country. In 2019, Farmers Across Borders delivered over 3,000 tonnes of hay, through a convoy of 47 road trains driven by volunteers, to Cobar in NSW.
This year, Sam and Anne’s efforts will be much closer to home, with donated feed to be driven by volunteers to farmers in Meekatharra (approx. 760km north east of Perth) and surrounding towns this coming Australia Day.
“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,” Starcevich said.
Jeep Australia has previously supported the organisation and will provide this year’s volunteers with meals throughout the journey and a fleet of Jeep 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 group.
“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.”
With each road train needing approximately $10,000 in diesel to make the trip, Farmers Across Borders is looking for support to help fund fuel costs. To make a donation, go to: https://www.farmersacrossborders.com.au/ or: https://www.jeep.com.au/farmers-across-borders.html