This year’s Westpac Chopper Appeal has raised $50,908.10 for the Northland rescue helicopter.
This is part of $1,307,810.53 raised across the country.
All donations from the Westpac Chopper Appeal are distributed back to the 16 rescue helicopter services across the country, meaning money raised locally, stays local.
Westpac’s Director of Corporate Affairs, Sue Foley, says the total raised is another fantastic effort.
“Kiwis from around the country have once again rallied strongly behind their local rescue helicopters to ensure they can continue to carry out life-saving rescue missions every day,” says Ms Foley. “We’d like to say thank-you to everyone who contributed to the total through your donations, and in many cases, a lot of time to organise the wide variety of fundraising events this year.
“The reality is your generosity will make a tangible difference in saving people’s lives.”
Westpac employees were also crucial to the success of this year’s result with fundraising initiatives organised around the country as well as hitting the streets to collect $84,221.20 in the nationwide Chopper Street Appeal.
In a new fundraising initiative for this year’s appeal, those who donated online at chopperappeal.co.nz had the unique opportunity to upload their Facebook profile picture which was then printed on one of the Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopters, making it ‘The People’s Chopper’.
An impressive collage of more than 1,000 faces formed a colourful new skin around the chopper.
“We’re very grateful to the generosity of everyone who gave of their time, money and resources to see such a fantastic amount collected for our local chopper service,” says Northland rescue helicopter CEO and chief pilot, Peter Turnbull. “It means a lot to have the community rally behind what we do. We’d like to say a big thank you to every person who made this possible as well as the support from Westpac through the Chopper Appeal every year.”
n Donations are welcome throughout the year and can be made at chopperappeal.co.nz or any Westpac branch.
PEOPLE’S CHOPPER: Images of online donors adorn the Waikato rescue helicopter.