WHILE the drought may have broken in some areas, many places are still struggling.
With this in mind, the Burrumbuttock Hay Runners will again be hitting the road in January next year to bring the bales of gold to where they are needed most.
The exact route for the trip is yet to be announced, but will likely depend on what happens with the country's many state borders which remained closed.
However, in the meantime Leeton shire and MIA residents are being called on to help out by donating hay for the trip.
"I think what some people don't realise is that there still is a great need out there and many farmers are still struggling," Leeton hay runner Sandi Jones said.
"We'd love for people to get in touch with us if they do have any hay to spare. Once it's ready, we can come pick it up, we take care of all of that.
"While it hasn't been officially announced where the run is off to in 2021, we will be starting from Darlington Point, so that's going to be great for the town there.
"The trucks will all pull up there the night before and stay the night, so hopefully we can inject a bit of money into that community before we head off."
Sadly, there will be one much-loved hay runner missing from the 2021 convoy after Leeton shire's Buster Ryan sadly passed away in a tragic workplace accident last week.
Buster was well-known by everyone on the run, which has become one big family of its own. "Everyone loved Buster ... we're all heartbroken," Ms Jones said.
"Buster was always wanting to help people and that's exactly what he did through this hay run."
Burrumbuttock Hay Runner founder and organiser Brendan Farrell has also paid tribute to Buster during a video posted to the organisation's Facebook page.
Those residents wanting to contribute to the run, but don't have hay to donate, can also contribute funds.
"That money goes to putting fuel in the trucks so the drivers who donate their time aren't having to cover those costs," Ms Jones said.
To donate hay contact Mick Stanworth on 0409 532 290.