Rescue helicopter support
Rescue helicopters around New Zealand undertook more than 7500 rescue missions last year including 750 missions in the Otago region.
As part of this month's nationwide Westpac Chopper Appeal, the Otago Rescue Helicopter Trust is asking people to give generously to get behind their local helicopter.
More than $1 million is donated each year to keep the country’s 16 Rescue Helicopter Trusts aloft.
The Chopper Appeal aims to raise funds and continued awareness for the rescue helicopter services with all donations staying in the region they are collected from.
Westpac general manager of marketing, Andy Kerr, said the helicopters provide a vital service that saves lives on a daily basis.
"The country's rescue helicopter services often make a life or death difference for many New Zealanders. These choppers provide a dedicated 24-hour, seven-day-a-week service."
Andy said the reality is there will be thousands of people around the country that will need to be rescued this year and money donated is going directly into the operational costs of making these helicopter rescues possible.
“Big or small - every donation counts. Your generosity will make a tangible difference in saving people's lives.”
The choppers transport patients to hospital in time-critical situations, they also assist with accidents in difficult locations and support search, rescue and fire operations.
Otago Rescue Helicopter Trust chairman, Ross Black, said,
“We're grateful for the continued support from our local community and couldn't do what we do without their help. It's these donations that allow us to carry out our rescue missions on a daily basis making a huge difference in many people's lives.”
Ways you can donate this Chopper Appeal:
At any Westpac Branch
Online at www.chopperappeal.co.nz
Text your postcode to 2449 to make a $3 donation.*