Fifty Toyota 40 Series put pedal to the metal travelling throughout central western Queensland in August and raised $130,381 for charity partner Drought Angels, to help Queensland farmers impacted by natural disasters like drought, flood, fires, and plagues.
In its third year, the cumulative tally now stands at $265,466 with more than half that amount already distributed to farmers through a variety of methods including pre-paid visa cards to spend locally, distribution of food and household products, feed for pets and stock and other ways depending on their needs.
Drought Angels CEO, Natasha Johnston, is in awe of how much the event raises year on year.
“The fundraising goal keeps getting bigger each year for this event and each year it is blown out of the water – I feel so humbled that Drought Angels are the charity partner of Long Drive For Drought,” Ms Johnston said.
“We feel even more blessed that this incredibly small but generous group of people put their hearts and souls into fundraising for our Aussie Farmers to support them through the challenges that Mother Nature keeps throwing at them. It’s a truly unique and powerful event run by people with big hearts”.
Event founder, Brent Reeman, is amazed at how the event continues to grow each year.
“In 2020 our goal was $40K, this year we were hoping to raise $100k, and we clearly smashed that,” Mr Reeman said.
“We couldn’t do it without the incredible and generous, every-day-people that drive in the convoy, some of them use their annual leave to join, to help us raise awareness and money for Drought Angels, and we also thank the communities and councils who host us along the way”.
We would like to thank our sponsors who are the ones that really rev up the fundraising with financial contributions or in-kind support. Special thanks to our major sponsors Peak Services, Outback Queensland Tourism Association, Telstra, Hastings Deering, CWQ Brewing Co, Diesel Services Queensland, Ergon Energy and Blooms the Chemist Kingaroy.
The planning for the 2023 event is already underway. Watch this space!