Lifeline for rescue boat

NEIL RATLEY
Last updated 05:00 28/12/2013

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The Bluff Coastguard's quest for a bigger, faster and more expensive rescue boat received a welcome funding injection this week.

Bluff Coastguard president Andy Johnson said South Port had approved a donation of $20,000 towards the project. There was also strong support for the boat from the Southland community during the Christmas period. People were digging deep into their pockets at a time when money was needed for other things, Mr Johnson said.

Before the banks closed for Christmas $4550 had been deposited during the second week of The Southland Times Mayday campaign. The coastguard has already raised about $600,000, with large donations from organisations and individuals, including $50,000 from the EP Wilding Estate, but there was still a long way to go, Mr Johnson said.

"It's fantastic we are getting donations of $500 and $1000 from families," he said.

South Port chief executive Mark O'Connor said the organisation was proud to be part of the appeal. 

THIS WEEK'S DONATIONS

S A and R Cocker, E J Hazlett, J and K Murrell, G L Clode, Vanbaarle and Boo, R G England, G K Hull, R and J Crooks Family Trust, J M Dixon Trust, Royal NZ Coastguard, S D and A S Glass, C J Coachlines, R M and M A Bricknell, D A Clark, B and L Bruce, P W and N J Shaw, A J Fraser, B F Fairweather, D J McCarthy, Soil Health Ltd, Andrew Paul Wood, the Anderson Family – Ken Anderson. 

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