Chopper Appeal to raise funds and awareness
No matter where in the country you live, if you get into trouble, help from above is probably closer than you think.
Westpac is launching its Chopper Appeal Month to celebrate and support New Zealand’s rescue helicopters, which flew 7,374 missions nationwide last year.
That includes 984 flights in the Auckland region, from Whangarei Heads to Cape Reinga and beyond.
The Chopper Appeal aims to raise funds and awareness for the rescue helicopter services, with all donations going back to the region where they were collected.
Accidents can happen anywhere, including close to home, says Simon Power, Westpac NZ General Manager of Consumer Banking and Wealth.
“Chopper Country extends from our rugged mountain ranges and sweeping coastlines to right over the back fence,” he says. “Whether it’s a medical event on a ski slope or a crash on a bike trail just down the road, choppers are there for Kiwis when something unexpectedly goes wrong.
Power says Westpac is proud to have partnered with the choppers for more than 35 years.
The vital service is funded by a combination of individual donations, fundraising activities and sponsors like Westpac. A total of $1.22 million was raised last year and the goal is to beat that again in 2019.
“We rely on ongoing support from our community and we’re really grateful for their help,” says Northland Rescue Helicopter Chairman Paul Ahlers.
“An average mission for us costs us $7,500, so every donation plays a crucial part in our next rescue. The public’s generous support helps us to help them when they’re most in need.”
The 15th annual Westpac Chopper Appeal will run throughout May.