The Canterbury West Coast Air Rescue Trust gratefully acknowledges the following generous donations and support:
Marcus Reed (aged 10)
As a newborn baby ten years ago, Marcus was flown by rescue helicopter to hospital with 'wet lungs'. The life saving flight is something that he and his family will never forget. Ten years later Marcus is proudly helping to save another life by holding a "Guess how many lollies in the Jar" competition at his Loburn School, which has raised $40 for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter (plus an extra $10 added to his efforts by his school). Thanks Marcus - nice one!
Don and Cherry Lorking
Don Lorking vividly recounts the day he was swept out to sea by a rogue wave while whitebaiting at the Rakai River mouth in 2009. Searching over cold seas our Westpac Rescue Helicopter crew feared the worst until they found him a kilometre offshore. Our crew sends a very special thanks to Don and his wife Cherry who arrive at the base each year with a donation and a freshly baked batch of her special muffins. Cherry says she does it every year to say thank you for saving her husband.
The Cathedral Grammar School
Thanks to all the pupils of The Cathedral Grammar School in Christchurch who fundraise each year for "people and organisations who help others in the community and overseas". The pupils held a series of events to raise money for charity which resulted in a donation of $1200 to the Canterbury West Coast Air Rescue Trust.
Thanks to J.A.Russell Ltd, an Electrical and Data Supplier trading in New Zealand under three brands - J.A Russell in the upper North Island, Stewarts Electrical Supplies in the lower North Island and Radcliffe Electrical in the South Island. The company has been a long time supporter of eight of New Zealand's rescue helicopter Trusts, dividing annual donations according to business sales in each region. The total amount raised nationally this year is $33,000 with $3,000 being gratefully received by the Canterbury West Coast Air Rescue Trust.
Maersk Drilling - Aaron Fraser
Thanks to Maersk Drilling Australia Pty. Ltd and Aaron Fraser, employee on the drilling rig Nan Hai VI for a generous donation of $1050. Maersk Drilling make regular donations to charities selected monthly by individual employees. Aaron's request to support the Canterbury West Coast Air Rescue Trust came after Aaron was assisted by our Westpac Rescue Helicopter.
Ken and Lesley Johnston - 8th Annual Geraldine Vehicle Display
Thanks to car enthusiasts Ken and Lesley Johnston who collect vintage, veteran and classic cars, trucks, fire engines, motorcycles, tractors and stationary engines. These prized possessions were recently displayed at the Geraldine Arts and Plants Festival Day - held on November 14-16th. Their display of over 80 vehicles raised $760 for CWCART in donations collected from the viewing public.
St Andrew's College Business Studies Students
Thanks to St Andrew’s College Business Studies Students Nicole Pinny, Jack Anderson, James Downes, Ben Walkington known as ‘Chickens Business Studies Group’. Groups of students were required to put together a business plan, with all funds generated to be donated to the groups’ charity of choice. The ‘Chickens Business Studies Group’ nominated CWCART as their charity. They bought 100 one day old chicks, then split the chicks into two batches and took turns looking after them. The chicks were raised to point of lay (approx. 18wks old) before being on-sold and delivered around Canterbury, raising $1,400 in the process.
Courtenay A & P Show
Thanks for the donations and support gratefully received from the people attending the Courtenay A & P Show at Kirwee on Saturday November 22nd 2014 who raised $495.90 for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter. We would also like to gratefully acknowledge the organisers of the show who generously waived charges for our fundraisers to attend.
Ashburton A&P Show
Thanks to the generous people of Ashburton and Mid-Canterbury attending the 137th annual Ashburton A&P Show who donated $936.60 to the Westpac Rescue Helicopter and air rescue service in their area.
Jo, Maria, Nicky and Jan
A warm and heartfelt 'thank you' goes to these four wonderful ladies who arrived at our Christchurch operations base to donate 30 hand-knitted children's 'cuddlies' for young patients flying with the New Zealand Flying Doctor Service.
Huge thanks to Barbara Pickering of Diamond Harbour who held a small party in 2013 to celebrate her 89th birthday and asked guests to make a donation to the Westpac Rescue Helicopter in lieu of gifts. She raised $280. This year, for her 90th Barbara threw a much bigger event which was widely attended by family, friends and many Diamond Harbour residents. Barbara again requested that guests make a donation to the Westpac Rescue Helicopter. Thanks to Barbara's efforts, $1,000 was raised.
MTA (Canterbury Branch)
Thanks to the Canterbury Branch of the Motor Trade Association who hosted an annual conference in Christchurch on 4th and 5th October. A tour of the Martin Jetpack factory was organised for delegates and raised $170 for the CWC Air Rescue Trust.
Ellesmere A&P Show
Thanks to all the people who attended the Ellesmere A&P Show at Leeston on Saturday 18th October and supported our fundraising display to the tune of $436.70
Mount Hutt Ski Area
Thanks to the team at Mt Hutt Ski Area who raised $415.20 on 5th October 2014 with their 'Scoot to the Sky' challenge and bucket collections.
Sarndra Fowler - Thetahealing™
Thanks to Sandra Fowler whose intuitive readings at the Womens Lifestyle Expo, held in Christchurch on October 4th/5th resulted in a generous donation to the Westpac Rescue Helicopter of $620
TrustPower Lend A Hand Foundation
Thanks to the TrustPower Lend A Hand Foundation for granting funds to purchase two Avalanche Transceivers (model BCA DTS Tracker 2) for the NZCC Rescue Helicopter Service, operating on the West Coast.
Porters Ski Area
Thanks to Porters Ski Area and their donation of $850. This was made on behalf of Porters Ski Area customers who added a set donation to their online purchases during 2014 in recognition of the support offered to the NZ ski industry by our Rescue Helicopter teams.
Ellesmere Lions Club
A big thank you goes to the Ellesmere Lions Club who presented the Canterbury West Coast Air Rescue Trust with a $10,000 donation, raised from their Charity Golf Tournament held on 9th July this year.
Volunteers from Rotary Club of Christchurch and New Horizons Club
A very big THANK YOU must go to the army of volunteers from the Rotary Club of Christchurch and New Horizons Club who assisted Canterbury West Coast Air Rescue Trust following our February direct mail appeal with sorting and processing of envelope returns and receipts. The groups assisted again following our recent August direct mail appeal, with stuffing of receipts into envelopes. This is an enormous help to our administration team and your help is very much appreciated.
Thanks to PGG Wrightson whose support of schools and community organisations through their nationwide Cash for Communities programme has raised $1,957 for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter. The Cash for Communities programme enjoyed strong support from farmers in the region who raised funds for local schools, St John and Westpac Rescue through purchasing Ballance Agri-Nutrients fertiliser on their PGG Wrightson account.
Mrs Dulcie Bain
Thanks to Mrs Dulcie Bain whose generous donation of $600 has enabled the purchase of five personal head lamps for crew members on the Westpac Rescue Helicopter.
Hoon Hay Club Indoor Bowls
Thanks to the Hoon Hay Club Indoor Bowls who donated $500 for the purchase of three Pelvic Slings for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter.
Lions Club of Lake Tekapo (Inc)
Thanks to the Lions Club of Lake Tekapo (Inc) who have recognised the enormous amount of work our rescue helicopters carry out in the Tekapo and surrounding alpine regions with a generous $2,000 donation.
Creek Hotel Social Club
Thanks to the Creek Hotel Social Club in Timaru who recently organised a Quiz Afternoon in support of the Westpac Rescue Helicopter, resulting in the welcome donation of $1500.
National Teddy Bear and Doll Show
Thanks to the organisers of the National Teddy Bear & Doll Show that was held in July in Christchurch for their donation of $800 from fundraising at the Show.
Air Rescue Fundraising Television Commercial
Our new 15 second fundraising appeal TV commercial was aired for the first time on 'Breakfast' this morning thanks to our sponsors, One News and TVNZ.
The J I Urquhart Family Trust
The Canterbury West Coast Air Rescue Trust would like to thank the J I Urquhart Family Trust for their recent generous donation of $10,000 to assist with rescue helicopter operational costs.
Rotary Club of Ashburton Plains
Thanks to the Rotary Club of Ashburton Plains who donated $1,000 to the Westpac Rescue Helicopter which was proceeds raised from the Club’s annual Classic Car Run. The run is held within the Ashburton District and this year had 98 vehicles participating.
Thank you to Blackwell Motors for the provision of our Crew Support vehicles - the latest being the versatile Holden Colorado Crew Cab for use by our air rescue pilots. The new Colorado has just arrived after being fitted-out with the necessary emergency lights and sirens to join the Holden Cruze wagon which Blackwells supplied last year for use by our paramedics.
Thanks to Hallmark Homes whose continuing support has resulted in a further donation of $2000 enabling the purchase of three onboard communication headsets and a GPS chip upgrade for the Toughbook laptop onboard the Westpac Rescue Helicopter.
Zephyr & Zodiac Car Club Christchurch
Grateful thanks to members of the Zephyr & Zodiac Car Club Christchurch Inc who donated $2000 raised through a charity auction run by the club. The auction included a 1/10th scale model of a Zodiac made and donated by one of the members.
The Canterbury West Coast Air Rescue Trust would like to express a very big thank you to TheCanterbury Community Trust who has just granted $50,000 towards the operational costs of the New Zealand Flying Doctors Service.
Oxford and Districts Lions Club
Thanks to the Oxford and Districts Lions Club who held a Charity Golf Tournament in March in support of the Westpac Rescue Helicopter and raised $10,000. Thanks also to our two crew members, Rick and Mike, who took participated and did the service proud with their score!
Thanks to the innovative team at Christchurch-based solar energy company Sunshine Solar who have generously donated 100 model helicopters for us to sell for fundraising. The small wooden helicopters have a solar panel inserted into the rotor allowing them to spin when exposed to the sun and are available to purchase for $10 each.
A grateful thanks to the Rangiora RSA whose recent donation of $10,440 has specifically enabled the purchase of the following equipment: 4 x Clark Headsets, 4 x Water Rescue Wetsuits, 24 x crew t-shirts, 1 x iPad, 1 x swimmers harness, 6 x pairs crew flight gloves, 6 x Raptor Leatherman Shears.
Huge thanks to the organisers, sponsors, performers, supporters and of course the public who attended the 2014 Flaxwood Music Festival in March this year. Their efforts raised $33,385 in support of the Canterbury Westpac Rescue Helicopter.
Laservision Eye Clinic Merivale
Thanks to Laservision Eye Clinic Merivale who presented a cheque to the Canterbury West Coast Air Rescue Trust for $15,000 for the purchase of Night Vision equipment. Clinical Director Dr Ian Dallison presented the donation, raised to mark the fifteen year anniversary of the company. The donation is the first of an ongoing sponsorship from Laservision to support the Westpac Rescue Helicopter.
Thanks to Z Darfield and all the customers who supported them during the recent 'Good in the Hood' community fundraising programme through March. $1160 was raised to support the Westpac Rescue Helicopter.
Drury Theatre Organ Charitable Trust
Thanks to the Drury Theatre Organ Charitable Trust for a $400 donation raised in support of the Westpac Rescue Helicopter at a fundraising Concert held on 15th February 2014.
Malvern A&P Show
Thanks to those who attended the Malvern A&P Show, Sheffield on 22nd March and supported the fundraising display run by our sponsors, Yellow Pencil. The event raised $357
Thanks to Rentokil Initial who held a community-based scavenger hunt as part of their regional conference in Christchurch. The winning team of Cherylyn Macilquham, Shon Ransey, Simon Ashby, Richard Marshall, Leigh Vercoe, James Erskine & Danielle Reese chose the Westpac Helicopter to be the recipient of a $1000.00 donation.
Hawarden A&P Show
Thanks to those who attended the Hawarden A&P Show on 15th March and supported the fundraising display run by our sponsors, Yellow Pencil. The event raised $170.80.
Cuthbertson Family Trust
Thanks to a $40,000 bequest received from the estate of the late Robert and Margaret Cuthbertson, the Canterbury West Coast Air Rescue Trust has been able to purchase a very important Replacement Defibrillator/Monitor for the NZCC Rescue Helicopter.
Thanks to Hallmark Homes Canterbury whose generous donation of $1000 has purchased a new iPad and two personal Crew Headlamps for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter.
Thanks to Christchurch Airport for presenting Canterbury West Coast Air Rescue Trust plus five other local charities, $2000 each from the Christchurch Airport Community Fund, collected from donation boxes through the terminal building and a donation from the airport company.
The Canterbury West Coast Air Rescue Trust would like to express a very special and sincere thank you to the parents, family and friends of 16 year old Courtenay Rushton who was flown from Timaru Hospital to Christchurch Hospital on 30 December 2013. Courtenay was suffering from suspected meningococcal disease and tragically died four days later. Parents Gerard and Claire Rushton requested donations be taken at her funeral service to support the Westpac Rescue Helicopter. Courtenay's family visited our rescue base last week to thank medical staff who looked after her during the flight through to Christchurch and presented a donation of $2,460.80 which will be used for much needed water rescue equipment.
Lions Club of Riccarton
Thanks to the Lions Club of Riccarton, whose generous donation of $12,000 has allowed us to purchase two X-872-SF folding hinge Helicopter Rescue Nets.
Temuka & Geraldine A&P Show
Thanks to those who attended the Temuka & Geraldine A&P Show on 1st March at Winchester and supported the fundraising display run by our sponsors, Yellow Pencil. The event raised $187.
Popular Christchurch F5000 racing driver Stan Redmond lost his fight for life after an horrific two-car crash at Teretonga Park in Invercargill exactly one year ago today (21.02.2014). A donation of $514.14 was made to the CWC Air Rescue Trust recently, the balance of a fund set up to provide a trophy in his memory. With contributions from European drivers who knew Stan, enough was collected to provide a trophy which was presented to a driver from Blenheim at a recent race meeting at Ruapuna. The balance of this fund was donated as acknowledgement that a rescue helicopter was a vital part of the efforts to save Stan’s life. Mr Redmond was competing in the final round of the MSC NZ F5000 Tasman Cup Revival Series when the accident occurred during practice.
Elizabeth Bridge Club
Thanks to the Elizabeth Bridge Club for a generous donation of $1000 to the Westpac Rescue Helicopter.
Banks Peninsula A&P Show
Thanks to the generous people who attended the Banks Peninsula A&P Show on 18th January at Little River and supported the fundraising display run by our sponsors, Yellow Pencil. The event raised $326.30.