Donations big and small keep rotors turning

MICHELE ONG
Last updated 05:00 10/12/2013
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ROBERT CHARLES
CHOPPER MONEY: Chairman of the Taranaki Rescue Helicopter Trust Bryce Barnett, NP Joggers and Walkers Club's Corina Henderson & helicopter crewman Jayden Strickland.

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Donations are keeping the rotors of the Taranaki rescue chopper spinning.

Yesterday the New Plymouth Joggers and Walkers Club and Kakaramea School dropped by the hangar to present the Taranaki Rescue Helicopter Trust donations of $10,000 and $450 respectively.

The joggers club raised $14,000 at the Taranaki Daily News half-marathon, with $10,000 going to the helicopter trust.

Club captain Corina Henderson said the same amount was also donated to the trust two years ago.

Earlier in the day, about 50 Kakaramea School children were given a tour around the hangar and shown inside the helicopter.

Among them was the six-year-old girl who was seriously injured when the car she was travelling in collided with a school bus on State Highway 3, near Kakaramea, north of Patea, in September.

She was flown to Wellington Hospital by pilot Stephen Beck and crew member Phil Dwyer, and both called in at the hangar yesterday to catch up with the girl. Mr Beck said he was amazed to see how well she was doing.

Trust chairman Bryce Barnett said contributions like these are the backbone of the trust's existence.

"Groups like these are important to us," he said.

"All I can say is a big thank you."

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