Northlanders contribute to Northland rescue helicoptor
This year’s Westpac Chopper Appeal has raised $39,002.39 for the Northland Electricity Rescue Helicopters.
This is part of $1,535,454.34 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 an outstanding effort.
“New Zealanders have once again shown their support rallying behind their local rescue helicopters,” says Ms Foley. “We’d like to thank all of those who generously dug deep and donated, along with everyone who was involved in the fundraising events in their communities.”
“The helicopters provide such a vital service that saves lives on a daily basis. It’s important for us to continue to play our part and raise awareness as well as much-needed funds to keep them in the air.”
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 $127,857.80 on their May 1 nationwide Chopper Street Appeal.
“We are continually overwhelmed by the generosity of locals and could not be prouder to be part of this community,” says Northland Emergency Services Trust CEO and chief pilot, Peter Turnbull. “We would like to thank every person and group who gave as well as the support from Westpac through the Chopper Appeal every year. Every donation makes a big difference to help us keep doing what we do and we are very grateful.”
Donations are welcome throughout the year and can be made at chopperappeal.co.nz or any Westpac branch.
GRATEFUL: Northland Emergency Services Trust CEO and Chief Pilot, Peter Turnbull.