The Canterbury West Coast Air Rescue Trust gratefully acknowledges the following generous donations and support:
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.