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CONVOY CALLOUT: Mike Williams on  Sunrise  shares his pledge to help drought-stricken farmers.
CONVOY CALLOUT: Mike Williams on Sunrise shares his pledge to help drought-stricken farmers.

BIG RIGS contributor Mike Williams is overwhelmed with the support so far for his proposed water convoy to the NSW outback next month - but he still needs your help.

Since launching his idea to Australia via Sky News and later the Seven breakfast show, the big-hearted NSW truckie, with the popular Twitter handle @theoztrucker, had raised more than $53,300 from more than 770 donations on the Caring For Our Farmers GoFundMe page.

But Mike tells us he'd still like to hear from country water carriers in drought-affected areas of NSW, and will need people from Sydney-based companies or individuals with appropriate registration, permits and insurance to join his convoy on the weekend of December 14-15.

"We need prime movers, tankers and flat tops (preferably with straps) for the convoy. We're also after a fuel sponsor,” he said.

"Depending on resources, we hope to offer fuel and food along the way [for volunteer drivers]”

Mike said he got the idea for the convoy after watching an interview with struggling farmers on Sky.

"I thought, 'this is crazy, we've got to do something about this'.

"Let's do something constructive. Our farmers need our help.

"I can't do much, but what I can do is drive a truck and I can donate some time. I will donate a week of my time back and forward from Sydney to anywhere in the bush to help out.”

The callout quickly struck a chord.

"My heart aches for Australian farmers,” writes Melissa Kent on the project's GoFundMe page alongside her $50 pledge.

"The government seem to be caring more for other countries and forgetting about who comes first and where our heart should lie. I think this is fantastic! This man needs to be nominated for Aussie of the year!! Proud Australian.”

Adds Damon Crawford ($100): "It's a case of out of sight, out of mind for most people in the city. They need to realise that the food we eat every day doesn't actually come from the supermarket, it comes from hard working farmers!”

Mike tells us that at least some of the trucks will head to Baradine in NSW.

"Depending on how many we get we will send trucks to other places. The deciding factor will be whether a place has access to pumped town water or potable ground water.

"We've decided to use both road tankers and flat-top trailers with food grade IBC's to move the water.”

If you can help in any way, search for the project page on Facebook, Caring for our Farmers, and message Mike directly. Or, email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it and we'll pass on your message.

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