Hastings Leader - 2021-07-21


On donated electric car


Bay and our commitment to the Hawke’s Bay Foundation extends beyond the supply and running costs of an electric vehicle, our shareholders have also donated to the foundation, ensuring a long-term, lasting legacy.” Hawke’s Bay Foundation executive officer Amy Bowkett will be driving the car. In her role out and about visiting supporters, making presentations to local professional firms and community groups and visiting the charities the foundation funds, she says she can easily go through a tank of petrol a week. “To be able to perform my role and know that I am now lessening the environmental impact on our region is a great feeling. Hybrid and electric vehicles are clearly the way forward and I hope more organisations around Hawke’s Bay will follow suit. “I’d love people to see our bright and colourful vehicle, take a look at our website and discover the impactful work Hawke’s Bay Foundation is achieving in their community.” The Hawke’s Bay Foundation has been operating since 2012, using only income generated off its centralised fund to distribute to local charities. Last year over $250,000 was given to help sustain 59 local charities. It is one of 17 foundations running in New Zealand under the Community Foundations of New Zealand umbrella. “Like the car, the Hawke’s Bay Foundation is created as a model designed for enduring impact. We are slowly gaining total trust in the community as an organisation that will deliver that. We know it will take time, but we’re really happy with progress. This is a marathon not a sprint,” says Giles.


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