The Canterbury West Coast Air Rescue Trust gratefully acknowledges the following generous donations and support:
‘The Future of the Heartland’ forum
‘The Future of the Heartland’ forum was a major South Island agricultural seminar featuring Government speakers, primary sector and industry representatives plus over 500 attendees, held on the Te Mania Angus Stud on Conway Flat, North Canterbury during April this year. The forum generously recognised the work done by our air rescue services in the region and donated $2536.15 in support.
The Christchurch Classic Japanese Motorcycle Group
Thanks to the Christchurch Classic Japanese Motorcycle Group who held their annual motorcycle show in March and raised $2,500 for our rescue helicopters.
A huge thanks to all the Z Stations in our region and all their generous customers who supported the "Good in the Hood" Community Fundraising Programme throughout May. Thanks to their generosity and support, the funds raised in support of our air rescue services were: Z Amberley - $1,280, Z Belfast - $1,977, Z Yaldhurst - $1,860, Z Ashburton - $1,640, Z Temuka - $840, Z Washdyke - $1,490, Z Stafford Street - $2,000, Z Twizel - $1,320, Z Greymouth - $1,556
Rotary Club of Ashburton Plains
Thanks to the Rotary Club of Ashburton Plains who held its Annual Classic Car Run recently, beginning in Ashburton and concluding at Middle Rock Station in the Rakaia Gorge. It was a very successful and enjoyable day with 160 vehicles participating. From a share of the profits for the day, the Club has donated $1716 to the Canterbury West Coast Air Rescue Trust.
Banks Peninsula Track Ltd
Thanks to the Banks Peninsula Track Ltd for their generous donation of $500.00.
Ashburton Wheels Week Plus
Thanks to Ashburton Wheels Week Plus for their generous donation of $919.40.
Fairlie Lions Club Inc.
Thanks to the Fairlie Lions Club Inc. for their generous donation of $1000.00.
Whitewater Canoe Club
Thanks to the Whitewater Canoe Club for their generous donation of $1000.00, made after the Westpac Rescue Helicopter airlifted one of the club’s members from the Hurunui on 2nd May this year.
Wainoni/Avonside Community Services Trust
Thanks to the Wainoni/Avonside Community Services Trust who held a fundraising lunch and charity auction on 6 May raising $875. There contribution was made possible thanks to the generous support of:
Mayfield Religious & Charitable Trust
Thanks to the Mayfield Religious & Charitable Trust which operates in the Mayfield area of Mid Canterbury, supporting a range of community groups and organisations. The Trust raises funds essentially from farmer support in the area placing 1 or 2 grazing cattle on between 20 - 30 farms in the Mayfield area before finally selling the stock. With funds raised recently, the Trust was able to donate $20,000 to various community organisations including $5,000 for the purchase of a new liferaft to aid in water rescue operations for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter. The decision was made to support the Westpac Rescue Helicopter as it had been involved in assisting after several incidents in the area and the significant impact this has had on members of the community.
AMI Insurance Rangiora Branch
Thanks to the hardworking teams at AMI Insurance, Rangiora who held two fundraising sausage sizzles in the High Street and visited the Westpac Rescue Helicopter base recently to present a cheque for $307.
IOOF NZ Friendly Society
Thanks to the IOOF NZ Friendly Society who donated $7143 to the Canterbury West Coast Air Rescue Trust for the benefit of the wider Community.
North Canterbury Victim-Support Group
Grateful thanks to the North Canterbury Victim-Support Group who has made a generous donation to the Westpac Rescue Helicopter of $6,000.
Oxford A & P Show
Thanks for the donations and support gratefully received from the people attending the 110th Oxford A & P Royal Show on Saturday 4th April raising $716.40 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.
Kelliher Charitable Trust
Thanks to the Trustees of the Kelliher Charitable Trust who approved a donation of $44,683 towards the purchase of an RT-600 A (SAR-DF 517) Direction Finder (beacon tracking unit) for the Christchurch-based backup rescue helicopter.
The New Zealand Lottery Grants Board
Thanks to the NZ Lottery Grants Board who also approved $10,000 to go towards the purchase of the RT-600 A (SAR-DF 517) Direction Finder for the Christchurch-based backup rescue helicopter. Total project cost is NZD$61,556.22
The Lady Tait Charitable Trust
Thanks to The Lady Tait Charitable Trust who donated $5000 to assist towards providing rescue helicopter services in the Canterbury region.
The Lois McFarlane Charitable Trust
Thanks to the Lois McFarlane Charitable Trust who have made a donation of $6,000 to support the Canterbury West Coast Air Rescue Trust.
Rotary Club of Greymouth
Thanks to the Rotary Club of Greymouth who organised and held an inaugural fundraising Street Fair on Sunday 14th February. The fair involved a number of local community groups, food stalls, musicians and crafts people and resulted in a donation of $1,138 raised from the local community.
The Philip Brown Fund
Thanks to the Trustees of thePhilip Brown Trust who have approved a grant of $2,000 in support of the Westpac Rescue Helicopter.
PGG Wrightson and Balance Agri-Nutrients
Thanks to the "Cash for Communities' programme run by PGG Wrightson and Balance Agri-Nutrients between 1st September and 30 November 2014. The innovative rural community support program raised $1,489 to support the Westpac Rescue Helicopter.
Mayfield A & P Show
Thanks to all the people who turned out to the Mayfield A and P Show in Mid Canterbury on Saturday March 14th and supported the Westpac Rescue Helicopter fundraising display raising $490.40.
Thanks to pupils at Ellesmere College in Leeston who raised $717.80 from a Mufti Day and Sausage Sizzle in support of the Westpac Rescue Helicopter. The event was held to acknowledge the recovery of Dylan Flatman, an Ellesmere College student who suffered severe injuries after crashing his dirt bike into a power pole on Canterbury Show Day last year. Dylan has recovered well since the accident thanks to fast response from the Westpac Rescue Helicopter and trauma response teams at Christchurch Hospital.
Thanks to a Christchurch Trackday event at Mike Pero Motorsport Park held on 3rd March. 42 drivers took part in a an enjoyable day of track action with support from Hellers who donated their BBQ and sausages and Generation R Drift Team who ran the BBQ. $300 was raised for the Canterbury West Coast Air Rescue Trust.
Heaphy Mining and Mr Harold Clementson
Thanks to Heaphy Mining Ltd in Westport for their generous donation of $1500 and to Mr Harold Clementson for his personal donation of an extra $400 to support the Canterbury West Coast Air Rescue Trust.
Amuri A&P Show
Thanks to the generous people who attended the Amuri A&P Show on 7th March at Rotherham and supported the fundraising display run by our sponsors, Yellow Pencil. The event raised $345.20.
Formula Foods Corporation Limited
Thanks to Formula Foods Corporation, Christchurch who have generously donated $10,000 as their annual support contribution to the Westpac Rescue Helicopter.
Kiwi Brevet 2015
Thanks to the organisers and participants of Kiwi Brevet - the self-supported 1100 or 700km cycle event held around the gravel roads of the upper South Island from 31 January to 8th February 2015. Between registrations and donations, the generosity of the participants raised a grand total of $7370 which has been allocated towards the purchase of 2 new winching stretchers for our Christchurch based Westpac Rescue Helicopter and back up helicopter.
Mr Roland Stead
The Canterbury West Coast Air Rescue Trust would like to acknowledge and thank Mr Roland Stead, originally from Amberley North Canterbury and now residing in Christchurch, for his recent generous donation. Mr Stead has donated $100,000 to the Trust towards meeting the costs of recruiting, equipping and training additional crew members.
Inangahua A&P Show
Thanks to the generous people who attended the Inangahua A&P Show on 7th February at Reefton and supported the fundraising display run by our sponsors, Yellow Pencil. The event raised $469.80 for the NZCC Rescue Helicopter based in Greymouth.
Birchfield Coal Mines Ltd
Thanks to Birchfield Coal Mines Ltd in Greymouth for their generous donation of $1000 in support of our Rescue Helicopters
Grateful thanks to Miss Colleen Donaldson for her personal donation of $1000 in support of the Canterbury West Coast Air Rescue Trust.
The Over Forties Tramping Club
Grateful thanks to the Over Forties Tramping Club for a $650 donation. The Club acknowledged that they are "always conscious that we may need to call on your services at some point in the future, as we have in the past."
Chargeurs Wool (NZ) Ltd
Thanks to Chargeurs Wool (NZ) Ltd for their donation of $1000 to support operational expenses of the Westpac Rescue Helicopter.
Christian Healing Trust
Thanks to the the Christian Healing Trust whose Trustees have approved a $1000 grant in support of the Canterbury West Coast Air Rescue Trust.
Lake Alexandrina South-End Hutholders Society Inc
Thanks to the Lake Alexandrina South-End Hutholders Society Inc for their donation of $300 to support operational expenses of the Westpac Rescue Helicopter.
Banks Peninsula A&P Show
Thanks to the generous people who attended the Banks Peninsula A&P Show on 24th January at Little River and supported the fundraising display run by our sponsors, Yellow Pencil. The event raised $356.