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Teen’s outstanding effort

Friday, 1st February, 2019

Victorian Riley McIntosh, 14, this week dipped into his own pocket and delivered a truck-load of fresh water to White Cliffs residents, who only had 60 days of water left. PICTURE: Supplied Victorian Riley McIntosh, 14, this week dipped into his own pocket and delivered a truck-load of fresh water to White Cliffs residents, who only had 60 days of water left. PICTURE: Supplied

By Callum Marshall

A 14-year-old from Warragul, Victoria has displayed incredible selflessness by organising and delivering water to drought-affected residents in White Cliffs. 

Alongside his dad, Rod McIntosh, and family friend, Gordy Parsons, Riley McIntosh arrived in White Cliffs on Wednesday with a tanker carrying 37,500 litres of water for local residents, who only had 60 days of water left.

Riley paid for the water himself by doing jobs cleaning trucks within his own small business.

He said he was inspired to do something after looking into how bad the drought situation was.

“I just wanted to help out with Australia (currently going through this drought),” he said.

“I’ve researched a bit about it and what’s been happening lately, and thought it’d be nice to do something different than (delivering) hay. To instead start carting a bit of water up there.

“My family’s got a water business and I’ve grown up carting it all my life. I thought the only way we could get this done was if it came out of my pocket.

“So I worked flat out washing trucks (to be able to do this.)

“I’ve always had the idea but never thought about actually going (through with it), so I had a talk to Gordon about it and a couple of days later we were up there.”

Gordy Parsons, who’s recently been delivering hay to drought-affected communities, said Riley’s efforts had been ‘brilliant.’

“I’m a mate of his dad’s, and he wanted to do what I do, which is all the hay runs,” he said.

“He’s only a little kid that’s truck mad, but he wanted to do his part (and help out.) 

“He’s got his own little business cleaning trucks and he said to me, ‘what if we get some fresh water and take it out?’ 

“I said we can do that; ask your dad and if wants to lend us the truck we’ll go and do it. 

“I paid for the fuel and Riley paid for the water, and we went out and did that.

“It was a bit of a shock to see the response that we got, but what Riley’s done has just been brilliant.”

Riley said that more trips would be planned in the future and that if people wanted to help out they could contribute to his fundraising page on Facebook.

“We’ve been raising a bit of money for this so we can buy some more water and get it up there (to affected communities),” said Riley.

“We’ve got a fundraiser on my Facebook so if you search me up you’ll be able to see it.

“We’ll try and go to whoever needs it really, so we’ll just do a bit more research and work out the places that need it the most.

“We’ve had people message us from Wilcannia, Menindee and other places like that saying it’s urgent. 

“So we’ll see what we work out, (hopefully) we can make a habit of it and maybe get some more trucks as well.”

You can donate to Riley’s water run by visiting his Facebook page via bit.ly/rileywater

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