Sydney, Australia November 2022: Following an unprecedented incidence of natural disasters, animal health business, Elanco has entered an initial three-year financial partnership with national charity Rural Aid to help build the resilience of rural and regional Australia.
Elanco will support Rural Aid financially through annual donations and donation matching, team volunteering hours, and Elanco animal health product donations, as well as helping raise awareness of the services provided by Rural Aid.
CEO of Rural Aid, John Warlters, notes the importance of partnering with businesses that understand the short and long game of disaster relief.
“Disaster relief is so much more than waiting for the waters to subside. While response and recovery are key, preparedness and prevention strategies are where real change occurs. It’s the ongoing support of businesses like Elanco that allows us to plan and invest in new thinking to create meaningful change.
“The short term is survival, the long term is where we set Australia up as a resilient nation; it’s where we thrive”, he said.
The partnership with Rural Aid demonstrates Elanco’s commitment to the rural communities where its customers and employees live and work.
“Rural Aid is Australia’s most trusted rural charity. We’re proud to come on board long-term to help the organisation provide response, recovery, prevention, and preparedness support for rural communities battling the effects of natural disasters, said Elanco General Manager Hendrik Van Der Walt.
“In our business, we focus on holistic, long-term animal health solutions; so, it was important for us to partner with an organisation that provides both immediate support for those in need, as well as investing in real, long-term change.
“Rural Aid knows the importance of being on the ground when natural disaster strikes, and they’re often the only lifeline for many of our brothers and sisters in rural and regional communities. And we’re proud to be right there with them”, he concluded.
Elanco and Rural Aid encourage farmers to register with the following:
- faa.ruralaid.org.au to streamline assistance in times of disaster
- farmarmy.com.au to match required jobs with skilled volunteers
About Elanco Animal Health
Elanco Animal Health is a global leader in animal health dedicated to innovating and delivering products and services to prevent and treat disease in farm animals and pets, creating value for farmers, pet owners, veterinarians, stakeholders, and society as a whole. With nearly 70 years of animal health heritage, we are committed to helping our customers improve the health of animals in their care while also making a meaningful impact on our local and global communities. We are driven by our vision of Food and Companionship Enriching Life and our Elanco Healthy Purpose™ Sustainability Pledges – to advance the health of animals, people and the planet. Learn more at www.elanco.com.
About Rural Aid
Rural Aid is Australia’s most trusted rural charity. We stand with our farmers when they need us most. Rural Aid provides critical support to farmers affected by natural disaster through financial, wellbeing and fodder assistance. Rural Aid’s community programs help create more sustainable communities by building stronger futures for all Australian farmers. Find out more at www.ruralaid.org.au