Media Release: Rural Women New Zealand provides welcome relief to Cyclone affected families

Calls for ongoing support for their Adverse Events Relief Fund

Following the weather events in the first quarter of the year, the Rural Women New Zealand fund set up to help those in rural communities after adverse events has been experiencing high demand.

“We anticipated in February that our Adverse Events Fund would experience high demand and that the response would be ongoing. This is certainly proving to be the case.

We are very grateful for the support shown by our members, groups like the Soil Sisters who have fundraised for us and the generosity of a private benefactor. Together this resulted in $70,000 in funds being collected year to date says RWNZ President, Gill Naylor.

This combined with existing funds means we have been well placed to assist.”

As of this week, over $50,000  in grants have been made to individuals, families and groups in the affected areas. The majority of grants have been for $1000 and paid out in the last month. 

Over 20 further applications are under consideration and requests for support are being received almost daily.

“We value our relationships with agencies such as Rural Support Trust and Catchment Group co-ordinators who are able to alert and refer those in need to this funding.

For applicants who are working their way through complex insurance claims and processes for more significant funding, these grants provide speedy, timely support and are much appreciated.

We receive feedback from grant recipients regularly. It is notable, and humbling, that their appreciation is not only for the financial assistance but also the boost of knowing that someone cares about their situation and is willing to help. “ says Mrs Naylor.

“We know that demand will be ongoing for some time, and we encourage those who are in a position to do so to donate to the Fund knowing that it provides immediate, necessary assistance to individuals and families for costs not covered by insurance or other support.”


To schedule an interview, please contact:

Gill Naylor 

Rural Women New Zealand, National President

027 338 3089

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