Why these old Landcruisers are travelling the outback for charity

Long Drive for Drought set to return to Chinchilla on Friday

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Drought Angels CEO and founder Natasha Johnston with some of the vehicles involved in the charity drive.

Drought Angels CEO and founder Natasha Johnston with some of the vehicles involved in the charity drive.

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The convoy will clock up 3000 kilometres during their journey.

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A convoy of 30 40-Series Landcruisers aging from 35 to 50 years old will finish a mammoth 3000 kilometre outback road trip this Friday to raise money for a special cause.

A Long Drive for Drought saw the vehicles depart Queensland's capital and travel as far as Ilfracombe and Tambo with the aim of raising $80,000 for farmers and communities from the 65 per cent of the state that remains in drought.

In its inaugural year in 2020, Long Drive for Drought raised $52,000 for Drought Angels, which provided tangible support to those who would not normally reach out in the form of personalised, practical, heartfelt, and discreet assistance.

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Drought Angels CEO and founder Natasha Johnston said last year's $52,000 went towards helping 12 Queensland farming families.

"The money raised last year on A Long Drive for Drought meant families were able to pay some substantial bills," she said.

"We were able to provide pre-paid visas and in one case a new quad bike as the family's vehicle was broken down and they had nothing to get around the farm on.

"We always try to tailor the assistance we provide to our families. We don't use the cookie-cutter approach - we understand each family has different circumstances and different needs, so we listen to what they need."

The convoy will make its way to the Chinchilla Showgrounds on Friday to a warm home crowd reception and night of entertainment to thank participants for their support.

A Long Drive for Drought founder and Peak Services Managing Director and CEO Brent Reeman said they were overwhelmed with the support they had received this year.

In 2021 30 participant vehicles and 60 people have taken part.

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