A new initiative has been launched to provide up to $6000 worth of independent advice to farmers struggling with farm debt.
The trust, one of many in rural New Zealand, is independent and non-profit, offering free, confidential support to rural Kiwis or communities when things get tough.
The support team all have a rural background and can listen, understand and help in times of pressure.
The trust’s relationship with Greenlea began at the 2017 National Fieldays, with a casual discussion about rural support vehicles, says Greenlea livestock manager, Bruce Mudgway. At the time, the company was the principal sponsor of the Greenlea Rescue Helicopter, so it already had an affinity for rural support, he says.
“WRST is a great cause and given that nobody really knows when support is required, these guys are out
there at the drop of a hat,” Mudgway told Rural News.
“At Greenlea, we are happy to give a little back to those who support folk – who in a lot of case are our farmers and supply partners.”
“We know they are great vehicles. We managed to get a sharp deal out of Gingham Hyundai for the vehicle, and we called on Admark for the graphics and Aon for insurance.”
The Sante Fe will be used to get co-ordinators into the community and see to work that includes supporting community events or during storms etc.