West Coast clubs’ legacy supports locals

Image caption (L-R): Phoenix Masonic Lodge Westport members Graham Crase & Ged Kennedy, ROA Mining Rescue Helicopter Pilot Chris, Crewman – Joshua, CWCART CEO - Christine Prince, GCH Aviation COO - Declan Smiddy, Crewman - Rod
Image credit: Paul McBride, Greymouth Star

Everyone knows Coasters are a tough bunch, but their generosity when it comes to their close knit community knows no bounds. The Westport Phoenix Masonic Lodge lived this recently by gifting $40,000 in support of the locally based ROA Mining Rescue Helicopter Service. The lodge choose to gift these funds onwards after receiving payment for […]

Kaikoura community going above & beyond

Kaikoura Community Op Shop Charitable Trust team members, CWCART CEO - Christine Prince, CWCART Chairman - Murray Willocks, GCH Aviation COO - Declan Smiddy

Things have been busy in Kaikoura since our last edition, proving how small towns can certainly be mighty in their fundraising support. In May we were incredibly grateful to the Kaikoura Community Op Shop Charitable Trust who raised funds to donate a life-saving Corpuls3T Monitor Defibrillator which is now in use onboard the rescue helicopter. […]

Thank you to Canterbury Masonic Charitable Trust

The Canterbury Masonic Charitable Trust has also recently committed to multi-year funding totalling $60,000 to support annual IFR (Instrument Flight Rules) training costs for our rescue helicopter pilots over the next three years. Preparedness, and the ability to perform in some of the most challenging terrain and environmental conditions is central to the Rescue Helicopter […]

Welcome Bathurst Resources Ltd

The Canterbury West Coast Air Rescue Trust is pleased to announce Bathurst Resources Ltd as its newest sponsor of the West Coast ROA Mining Rescue Helicopter Service. We are thrilled to welcome Bathurst Resources Ltd to the family of businesses and individuals who ensure the ROA Mining Rescue Helicopter Service is available 24/7/365 to look […]

Westpac Chopper Appeal

Image caption: Canterbury West Coast Air Rescue Trust team members collecting at Merivale Mall, CHCH.

Westpac Chopper Appeal May is our busiest time of year as we support the Westpac Chopper Appeal, and the Trust team were out and about shaking buckets and engaging with the community at Merivale Mall for Street Appeal. We’re very grateful for the long-standing support of Westpac, and through so much community generosity Westpac hit […]

Rescue Warriors epic ride

Photo caption: The Rescue Warriors, from left to right: Willy Leferink, Bruce Kell, David Keeley and Warren Harris

Rescue Warriors epic ride On the 25th of February 2022, four riders from Ashburton, calling themselves the Rescue Warriors, set off from Ninety Mile Beach on the first leg of Tour Aotearoa 2022; a 3,000km cycle brevet from Cape Reinga to Bluff. Bruce Kell, David Keeley, Warren Harris and Willy Leferink, all local Ashburton men, […]