A CONVOY of more than 90 Irish construction workers carted about 900,000 litres of water to Armidale this weekend to help the region's farmers and firefighters.
The generous donation, which included more than 300 pallets of bottled water, flowed from an idea Irish Sydney-sider Peter McMahon had.
He recently bought a truck and after seeing the grim reality of the drought on the news, he knew something needed to be done.He put the idea out on social media and before long he was leading the epic trek up the New England Highway.The water was pumped into a storage dam at the Armidale airport giving the local firefighting corps a huge boost to its resources.While bottles were distributed at various points throughout the city and neighbouring Uralla.
There is sure to be some positive flow-on effects from the convoy.
Mr McMahon said the amount of bottles delivered could return $50,000 to the community if they were recycled and the convoy "went into town and spent a bit of money in the pubs" once the job was done.
The intense drought and raging fires ravaging the NSW countryside are in stark contrast's to Mr McMahon's native Ireland.He said most of the drivers came from "country backgrounds" in Ireland and felt for the NSW farmers' plight.The assistance did come with a pointed message as well
"It seems the government has forgotten these people," Mr McMahon said."We shouldn't have had to do what we did on Saturday, the government should have stepped in, but hopefully it will help.
"Driving through and seeing the scorched country, you feel so much for these people."
Conditions did ease somewhat on Sunday with temperatures dropping to the high-20s and some minor rainfall on Saturday night.Fire threats in Moonbi, Carrai Creek and Ebor had also eased thanks to the favourable conditions, but the NSW Rural Fire Service had advised people in those areas to monitor the situations
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