Sam Hughes

Mental health fundraiser

2023 QLD Young Australian of the Year Nominee

Nineteen-year-old Sam Hughes, ‘The Travelling Jackaroo’, is driving around Australia for charity on a bright orange 1957 Chamberlain 9G tractor.  

‘Slim’ the tractor motors along at 35 km/h. In addition to carrying Sam and his dog Bitsa, it tows an orange trailer kitted out with everything a young man might need – a fairy floss machine, jumping castle and wingless plane. 

Sam is stopping in towns across the country, catching the eye of kids and adults alike, to raise money and awareness for rural mental health.  

So far, Sam has collected more than $100,000 for the Royal Flying Doctor Service, Dolly’s Dream and Drought Angels.  

Sam wants people to talk more about mental health and believes there is nothing more Australian than checking up on a mate to make sure they are ok.