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Bendigo Bank joins Earth Hour 2015 as major partner


10/02/2015

Bendigo Bank is today proud to announce its continued support of Earth Hour, signing on as the major partner for the 2015 initiative in Australia.

This year Earth Hour will celebrate Aussie food and farmers, reminding Australians of the need to tackle global warming for the sake of the country’s farming communities and our supply of fresh, healthy, homegrown food.

“All Australians are proud of our farmers for feeding the nation, but they are on the front line of global warming and are already feeling the effects of higher temperatures, changing rainfall patterns and more extreme weather,” said Anna Rose, National Manager of Earth Hour Australia.

It is an issue that resonates with Bendigo Bank, says Managing Director Mike Hirst, with Bendigo Bank a key player in many farming communities.

“Across this land, thousands of farmers are grappling with the challenge of global warming while producing the food which we and millions of people around the world depend on,” Mr Hirst said. “For this reason Bendigo Bank is proud to support Earth Hour in 2015 to help rally the nation behind them.”

“We believe that creating a strong Australia for the future means championing our farming communities, something we’ve done for many generations.”

Bendigo Bank will encourage its staff and customers to take part in Earth Hour on Saturday 28 March at 8.30pm, while its branches across the country will host lights-out events on the night in a show of support.

This year, the bank extends its Earth Hour partnership to help produce Planet to Plate: The Earth Hour Cookbook, the first cookbook of its kind in the world, which will be available* for purchase in select Bendigo Bank branches in the lead-up to Earth Hour.

Australia’s biggest culinary names have contributed to Planet to Plate including Margaret Fulton, Matt Preston, Neil Perry, Kylie Kwong, Shannon Bennett and Luke Mangan, with the book’s 52 recipes teamed with first-hand stories from Australian farmers highlighting the impact global warming is having on their farms and the nation’s availability of fresh, homegrown food.

All proceeds will go to supporting Earth Hour’s work with schools, small business and community groups.

Dermot O’Gorman, Chief Executive Officer, WWF-Australia said: "We're delighted that Bendigo Bank is involved again in Earth Hour as this year’s major sponsor. Thanks to their support we’re able to reach millions of Australians to remind them of the impacts of global warming and to turn off their lights to make a stand for our food and farmers on Saturday, March 28.”

Bendigo Bank has supported Earth Hour, the single largest mass participation event of its kind, since it went global in 2008 - earthhour.org.au

* Notes to editors. Planet to Plate: The Earth Hour Cookbook will be available in select Bendigo Bank branches nationally from March 1 for $40.00 or online at www.earthhour.org.au/cookbook for $49.95 including postage.