Volvo trucks aid in drought relief

Three trucks provided by Volvo Trucks to assist drought-stricken farmers have covered nearly half a million km delivering 3 456 tonnes of hay bales. The trucks – Boytjie, Boertjie and Die Lady – ran deliveries to more than 1 200 farmers in various sectors affected by the drought, co-ordinated by non-profit organisation Boere in Nood.

Valentia Hobbs, Volvo Trucks GM, marketing and communication, says, “We realised that while the drought is taking its toll on a lot of communities, the people who feel the impact of the drought first-hand are very often our customers – farmers. We investigated various ways in which Volvo Trucks Southern Africa would not only be able to assist the drought-stricken farmers but also see first-hand the impact of the assistance given to the farmers.”

Volvo Trucks offered the three trucks and provided drivers and diesel for the vehicles, which would travel 443 557 km around South Africa.

“We are proud of our association and the impact we have been able to make through this collaboration with Boere in Nood,” says Hobbs. “It is a privilege to have been able to make a real difference to the people affected, as well as the animals whose lives were saved by the feed deliveries.”