Make a difference
The life-saving work we do in your region could not be possible without ongoing community support. As a charitable trust we rely on public generosity to keep your local rescue helicopter and crew rapid response ready 365 days a year. There are a variety of ways you can help and make a difference to someone else’s future. Together, we can save lives.
Fundraise for Us
Holding an event or organising a fundraising drive for your local rescue helicopter Service is both rewarding and challenging. We are extremely grateful for all community support received.
When you are organising your fundraiser please let us know so we can provide you with our logo, brochures and photos. We may even be able to offer help, assistance or even promotion.
Talks & Group Visits
We are delighted when Clubs, Groups and Schools want to help or learn more about the work Philips Search and Rescue Trust performs in your community. There are a variety of means to get involved and support your local rescue helicopter. Scheduled hangar visits are a popular way to discover more about the life-saving work undertaken by the helicopter and crew. Organising a fundraiser is always welcome and a great way to increase awareness and raise money to support your local base.
Becoming a Friend of the Rescue Helicopter helps your local rescue helicopter continue to provide a vital emergency service 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
After all, you never know when you may need us.
With the average cost of a mission over $8,000, your support is essential to keep this life-saving service in the air.
Become a Friend of the Rescue Helicopter today, for as little as $45 a year. We will keep you up-to-date with our missions, safety advice, information about our crews and equipment through our newsletters, social media and website. Your donation goes directly to the rescue helicopter in your region.
You will also receive a membership card for your fridge or wallet and a bumper sticker so you can proudly display your support.
Remember that donations to charitable trusts like ours also qualify for a 33.33% tax rebate. We will provide you with a tax receipt for your donation.
Become a Friend of the Rescue Helicopter today.
Rural Friends Membership
Similar to our Friends membership but with extended cover of your farm workers and their households living on the farm.
It costs as little as $120 a year to join our Rural Friend of the Rescue Helicopter programme to help keep your local helicopter in the air providing a vital emergency service 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. After all, you never know when you or your family might require our services. Funds received go directly to the Rescue Helicopter in your region.
You will also receive a fridge magnet membership card & certificate to display on your farm with your GPS coordinates to ensure that our crew can find you in an emergency when time is critical.
Sign up to Rural Friend of the Rescue Helicopter programme today.
Leave a Bequest
You can support the life-saving work of the rescue helicopter through leaving contribution in your Will. You can take pride in knowing your final act of generosity will make a long term impact on lives of patients and to your local community.
A bequest is a method of making a difference to a cause you feel strongly about, usually a charity which you can donate a portion of your estate to. By choosing to support the Philips Search and Rescue Trust you can rest assured that you are helping save lives in your local community through a vital rescue resource.
No matter how big or small the amount, bequests granted to the Philips Search and Rescue local rescue helicopters are received with sincere gratitude.
The choice is yours. You may choose to leave a specific amount or a percentage of your estate. You may want to fund a specific item and specify this in your Will or you may wish for us to use the funds in as required.
We Need You
Collectively, funds generated through the community and sponsorship cover half of the annual expenses required to operate our rescue helicopters in each region; without this extremely generous contribution our life-saving service would not exist.
There are a variety of ways to support our critical search and rescue service, to learn about your options, check out our get involved page