CNH HELPS OUT BLAZEAID – AUGUST 2020
CNH Industrial provides on-ground support to local communities and farmers as part of BlazeAid bushfire rebuilding efforts
The devastating fallout from COVID-19 has left no part of the country untouched, but for many communities it’s a double blow as they continue to rebuild after bushfires tore through only a few short months ago.
With organisations like BlazeAid still working in many of these areas, and with so much still left to do to help communities get back on their feet, global capital goods sector leader CNH Industrial has donated $250,000 to the rebuilding effort.
CNH Industrial has made the donation to BlazeAid, and is also working on sending a team of staff to volunteer in one of the many BlazeAid camps when possible, given the current COVID-19 restrictions.
Brandon Stannett, CNH Industrial Managing Director – Agriculture, Australia and New Zealand, said the company “was proud to support our community of farmers and their families as they face the challenges of rebuilding after these devastating fires.”
“Our team is pleased to be able to help in a simple and practical, yet very important way. As a company, we work in partnership with local communities and farmers across Australia every day and we are committed to ensuring that we can support them through times that can test even the strongest in our community,” he said.
“Obviously, Australia – and the world – continues to face the ongoing challenge that is COVID-19 but we want to show these bushfire-affected communities that their rebuilding efforts are still very much front-of-mind for the company, and our staff.”
BlazeAid President and Co-Founder Kevin Butler welcomed the support, saying as a volunteer-run organisation, this kind of donation is critical to address the impacts of natural disasters like the bushfires.
“The recovery efforts will be long-term and we are only able to continue to help communities through the ongoing support of our volunteers and partners. This assistance from CNH Industrial will help make a real difference in areas where so much has been lost,” Mr Butler said.
Co-Founded with wife Rhonda over 10 years ago, BlazeAid works alongside families and individuals in rural Australia to help rebuild fences and other structures that have been damaged or destroyed through natural disasters such as fires and floods.
Mr Butler said the organisation still had volunteer teams working in camps across bushfire-affected areas – while adhering to the constraints of COVID-19 control measures – with each costing about $5,000 a week to run.
Brandon said CNH Industrial’s agricultural machinery, construction and commercial vehicle brands including Case IH, New Holland, Case Construction and Iveco, together with the captive finance company CNH Industrial Capital, were closely aligned with rural and regional Australia where so much of the fire devastation had occurred and placed a high value on these relationships.
“We receive a lot of support from these communities, so it’s only right we are there to support them when they need it. We think BlazeAid does amazing work in disaster-affected areas and it’s satisfying to be able to assist their efforts with this,” Mr Stannett concluded.
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