Annual appeal raises almost $60,000
Rarely fazed when saving car-crash victims and stranded trampers, the pilot of the Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter has been overwhelmed by the generosity of the public.
An annual appeal this year raised $59,126 for the Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter.
Base Manager and pilot of the Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter Chris Moody said the public needed to be thanked for the contribution to keeping the vital service flying.
"We are continually overwhelmed by the generosity of locals and could not be prouder to be part of this community. "
Nationwide the Westpac Chopper Appeal raised just over $1.5 million in 2013.
All donations from the Westpac Chopper Appeal will be distributed back to the 16 rescue chopper services across the country with the money collected in each region going back to the local charity.
Westpac Director of Corporate Affairs Sue Foley said it was a fantastic effort.
"New Zealanders have once again rallied behind their local rescue helicopters to ensure they can continue to carry out life-saving rescue missions every day," Foley said.
"We'd like to thank all the generous Kiwis who dug deep to show their support, as well as those who initiated and managed a huge variety of fundraising events in their communities.
"The helicopters are such a vital emergency service, but they depend on the support and generosity of our community to stay in the air. It's really important to play our part and raise awareness of this service, along with much-needed funds."
The Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter has now flown more than 8700 missions since it was founded in 1991.
It averages 20 to 25 flights per month.
Donations are welcome throughout the year and can be made at www.chopperappeal.co.nz or any Westpac branch.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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