Community Group Fund supports HB Knowledge Bank

The Hawke’s Bay Digital Archives Trust, also known as Hawke’s Bay Knowledge Bank, set up a Community Group Fund with Hawke’s Bay Foundation after it received a bequest of $12,000 from one of its founding members.

The Hawke’s Bay Knowledge Bank gathers and stores stories of the events, people, celebrations, tragedies and day-to-day life that helped form the culture and landscape of Hawke’s Bay as we know it today. Their volunteers collect personal and business stories, photos, memories and magazines, digitising them for everyone to read and enjoy.

Anyone can donate or leave a bequest to the Knowledge Bank’s Community Group Fund to help it grow. The fund’s most recent boost came in the form of a bequest from the late Leonora McCormack.

Leonora passed away at the age of 95. She and her late husband, Tom, were well-known farmers from Patoka, who later retired in Taradale. Together they have left a significant legacy to our wonderful region.

Leonora’s $50,000 bequest has been invested, and every year the income generated will support Leonora’s chosen charities. She specified that 50% of the income is to go to the Hawke’s Bay Knowledge Bank, and 50% to go to Hawke’s Bay Foundation’s annual distributions round, which is open to all charities based here in Hawke’s Bay.

A gift like this ensures the Hawke’s Bay Knowledge Bank and others can be assured of regular long-term income. We are grateful for the foresight of these generous locals.