Use of a 200M2 warehouse has been offered free of charge as a depot for the mechanical equipment being donated to Hawke's Bay disaster relief initiative genLend.
Matt Webb from NAI Harcourts in Hastings, and Paul Garland from 360 Realty, helped facilitate the deal with the owner, and were all only too happy to support such a great cause.
The space will be quickly utilised as offers to loan or donate machinery, diggers, and other gear are beginning to flow in from around the country.
Mike from Dunedin grabbed 14 much needed petrol cans in Wellington on his way through to Hawkes Bay on Monday, and two mates from Waiouru did an overnight eight hour round trip to drop-off a 10kVA generator.
Other equipment arriving this week include a digger with operator, a bobcat, fuel, and more generators.
Also onboard are the Stortford Lodge Rotary Club who joined genLend ops person, Aaron Doody, to check out the new depot space this morning.
Ken Haines, Stortford Lodge Rotary Club Secretary said it was a “no-brainer” for the club to get involved.
“We think it’s a fantastic initiative, something that’s really needed.”
Rotary members will help with logistics onsite at the depot, and also assisting with collecting and delivery of machinery where it’s needed most.
“Being a Rotary Club we are very much involved in the community and this is a very good way of participating in the all encompassing problem that we’ve got,” Mr Haines said. “We are very happy to help.”
genLEND was developed at Saint Andrews Church in Hastings as a tangible way for people across the country to help power the recovery of Hawke's Bay communities ravaged by Cyclone Gabrielle.
“It’s a bit like a toy library. If you own a bit of gear and can lend it to us for a couple of weeks, then we want to know,” says Rev Jill McDonald, Senior Minister at Saint Andrews.
“If you’re a farmer or tradie or somebody who is prepared for everything, search your heart and your shed to see what you can spare,” she said.
genLend can arrange the pick-up and delivery, and then return the gear back to owners.
“If you want to come to Hawkes Bay with your equipment and need accommodation, we can help with that too,” Rev Jill said.
Some gear is being donated, rather than loaned. Help is also being accepted in the form of donations for fuel, transport etc.
Rev Jill says they came up with the idea last Friday and are working quickly to match equipment with the urgent need.
The initiative has also garnered support and partnerships from NZ Apples and Pears, Farmlands, Federated Farmers and Stortford Lodge Rotary Club and the Hastings District Council.
"Amazing what happens when you have an idea and call a few people who are keen to do something,” she said.
People can register their equipment online at: https://www.genlend.co.nz/