Big turnout for H145 in Ashburton
As we approached the airport at Ashburton, Westpac Rescue Helicopter pilot, Grant Withers was surprised to see so many people gathered outside the Aviation Museum to welcome the H145 helicopter. Despite the bitter cold, everyone came to see the helicopter and to have a closer look. With nearly 200 people gathered in the Aviation Museum hangar, Grant explained the technology behind Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) and the benefits for the region. As an area still recovering from serious flooding, Deputy Mayor Liz McMillan acknowledged how important the Westpac Rescue Helicopter is to the community.
Locals Alan and Bob Johnston, Ambassadors of the service spoke, with Alan sharing his experience having used the services of the rescue helicopter very recently. Many others in the room acknowledged they had either used the service or knew someone who had. Warren Janett, from the Aviation Museum, shared his experience – with the fast response of the rescue helicopter his stepson, who passed away, was able to share his organs – giving life to others.
It was a special day and enjoyable afternoon tea with supporters from the Midland District Freemasons, Lions and Rotary, Talleys, Westpac, and the Mayfield and District Red Poppy Society. It was great to see our Ambassador Stewart McSkimming and Trustee Chris Weir. A special thanks to the Ashburton Aviation Museum for hosting us.
Read the coverage from the Ashburton Courier here