Hawke’s Bay Disaster Relief Trust donates $12,291 to East Coast Rural Support Trust

The Hawke’s Bay Disaster Relief Trust donated the remaining $12,291 from the regional drought relief fund to the East Coast Rural Support Trust.

Hawke’s Bay Regional Council Chairman Rick Barker said it made sense to direct the funds to the Rural Support Trust, which provides essential personal and financial support to vulnerable farming families in Hawke’s Bay.

Karen Phillips, president of Hawke’s Bay Rural Advisory Group, which led the 2020 drought response, says the fund was created in response to the most complicated and prolonged droughts in living memory and to support the cost transportation of animal feed to farms.

“The Rural Support Trust has been a key body in the response to the drought, and it’s great to be able to help them continue their important work in the rural community.”

Mike Barham of the East Coast Rural Support Trust says the Trust is very grateful for the donation.

“These funds will go towards our work with farmers to build the resilience of their agricultural systems to future natural disasters,” he said.

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