Join your local rescue helicopter in celebrating World Helicopter Day | Philips Search and Rescue Trust


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Join your local rescue helicopter in celebrating World Helicopter Day

“Thank you” seems too small a phrase for saving lives. But words of encouragement and support from the public, and heartfelt stories from the people they rescue, mean the world to the specialist crews of your local rescue helicopter.

Philips Search and Rescue Trust are calling for you to show your support by taking to social media on, or before, World Helicopter Day, 19 August 2018. Everyone who appreciates the incredible work, generosity and dedication that goes into running the rescue helicopter service, are urged to flood social media with ‘heli love’ by sharing photos, thoughts, stories or anything that expresses what rescue helicopters mean to them.

As New Zealand’s largest rescue helicopter operator, Philips Search and Rescue Trust relies on highly-skilled teams of rescue personnel and trauma-trained medics to be ready to take action around the clock, 365 days of the year. They operate rapid response helicopters, bringing life-saving equipment and medics directly to patients throughout the Central North Island. Due to their speed and agility, the service saves lives and improves the chance of survival – the sooner treatment begins, the greater chance of patient recovery.

Having the support of the community is vital in the success of running such a crucial emergency service. The Trust is a charity which relies on the generosity of donations from their local community to fund over 50% of their annual operating costs.

Search ,and ‘like’, Philips Search and Rescue Trust on social media and post your messages of support. Use the hashtags #worldhelicopterday #chopperssavelives #PSRT #rescue and one lucky supporter will win a Greenlea Butcher Shop ‘Feed the Family’ meat pack valued at $115.




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We Need You

Your support ensures rescue helicopters are available to your community.
Your rescue helicopter can be airborne in 10 minutes and, in a life or death situation, this speed and agility can make all the difference. The timely assistance that rescue helicopters provide can reduce disability and improve survival – the sooner treatment begins, the greater chance of patient recovery.

We are partially funded by a government contract with National Ambulance Sector Office (NASO). We rely heavily on the generosity of sponsors and the community to help fund the shortfall that allows us to be rescue ready 24/7, 365 days of the year. This crucial financial support ensures our rescue helicopter can continue to bring life-saving equipment, rescue personnel, and intensive care paramedics directly to the patient.

Without your support, your rescue helicopter would not be able to remain operational on a 24/7, 365 day a year basis. This could mean a serious delay in people being rescued or transported to hospital for urgent treatment.

Support your rescue helicopter and make a lifesaving difference.

Saving Lives, Together.

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