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