A leading specialist insurer is extending its support to drought-hit farmers once again this month, after repeating its sponsorship of the Burrumbuttock Hay Run.
“The Burrumbuttock Hay Runners initiative is a grassroots cause that unifies members across not only our industry – but wider regional communities and the Australian agricultural industry,” CEO Tony Clark told Insurance Business.
“It’s ordinary people doing extraordinary things just because they can, for the greater good of the country,” he added.
Founded by Brendan ‘Bumpa’ Farrell in 2014, the Burrumbuttock Hay Run helps members of the transport and farming industries by providing essential resources to drought-stricken farmers.
Taking place between January 24 and 26, the convoy stretches from Darlington Point in NSW to Quilpie, in Queensland. This event will mark the 14th convoy in just five years, to distribute multi-million-dollar hauls of hay.
“We are continuously humbled by the generosity of people in the transport industry, supporting causes such as the Hay Runners over the course of the years is in the DNA of NTI,” said Clark.
Clark, who has been in the top job for over 10 years, says the repeat sponsorship also reflects the firm’s commitment to long-term partnerships.
“Just as we value long term relationships in the insurance industry we also value our long term relationships in the transport industry,” he told Insurance Business. “Further to that - our purpose to ‘keep Australian industry moving to a safer future’ reflects our desire to play a broader role in the transport community,” he continued.
“A ‘safer future’ is not just a reflection of safety on the roads, but reflects our role in protecting the future of individual businesses. Isn’t that what insurance is all about?”
While drought relief and hay donation has been a hot topic recently, Clark also says the event offers an important reminder that the issue is an ongoing one, which needs continued support.
“Droughts don’t happen overnight, and they can’t be overcome overnight. Our farmers are relying on ongoing support to make a real impact,” he said. “Thousands of Australians, and generations of families, dedicate their lives to sustaining agriculture in our unforgiving climate. The Burrumbuttock Hay Runners show the true spirit of this country through the combined efforts of volunteers, businesses, and community groups who donate their time and resources - year after year.”
NTI is joining the full, three-day convoy in the company’s fully restored 1946 Ford Jailbar – this time displaying an all-new green and black vinyl wrap.
It’s a commitment which Clark says NTI is happy to make as the cause is a worthy one which aligns with the company’s own values and customers.
“Social responsibility plays a big part in what NTI delivers as a whole, not just what we do for brokers and policyholders in a time of need,” he said.
“Sure, supporting not-for-profit initiatives plays its part in improving the general perception of insurance but the focus for NTI is making sure the relationships and causes we support align with our core values, our brand and our people.”
According to Clark, NTI commits exclusively to causes that have widespread and non-discriminatory beneficiaries, longevity, and aren’t necessarily at the forefront of the general public’s mind.
“There are thousands of worthy causes – and NTI are often asked how we chose ours,” he said. “It’s quite simple: they are meaningful to our people and our business.”