Wanaka’s Road Crash Rescue team has begun raising money to get to the World Rescue Challenge in France next year.
The seven team members, who are part of Wanaka’s Volunteer Fire Brigade, made it to the world challenge after scoring top results at this year’s South Island, national and Australasian challenges.
The team, which won a handful of medals including overall champions at the Australasian challenge in July, has set up a Givealittle page and is appealing to the community for donations big or small to help get them to the championships in September next year.
Volunteer firefighter and crash team member Jodie Rainsford said that any donation would be “hugely appreciated”.
“Every little bit helps and we appreciate every dollar,” Jodie said.
A statement from the team, which has competed in road crash competitions for the past four years, said that although its members really enjoy what they do, they put a huge number of volunteer hours into practising as well as usual training with the brigade.
“The skills and knowledge we have gained over the past few years are tremendous and the main beneficiaries are those who are unlucky enough to find themselves in life-threatening car accidents,” the team said.
“We are now able to extricate patients much faster, more efficiently and more safely, which can only be a good thing.”
Donations from the community will go towards travel, accommodation and competition entry fees, while any extra will go towards upgrading the fire brigade’s cutting tools, known as the Jaws of Life.
To donate, visit givealittle.co.nz/cause/to-the-worlds.