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From fundraising to a life-saving flight

Hayley had been helping her parents move stock when one of the cows decided it had walked far enough. Within a split second, the animal turned and attacked.

Thanks to you Gordon got his life-saving flight

Gordon Boyd was undergoing an operation when complications arose during the procedure. So out went an urgent call went out to the Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter.

Your support saved Henry’s life

Henry had been feeling unwell for a few of days after an intense headache. He then became so unwell he was unable to walk and fell onto the floor after crawling out of bed. His friends were unable to get him to the car so they called the ambulance. What came next was an emergency flight to Waikato Hospital.

We Need You

It could be you, your family, friends, staff or patrons that need us. Your support ensures the rescue helicopters are available in your community.

The Philips Search & Rescue Trust’s rescue helicopters can be airborne in 10 minutes, and in a life and death situation, this speed and agility can make all the difference. It is the timely assistance that the rescue helicopters provides that can reduce disability and improve survival - the sooner resuscitation and treatment begins the greater chance of patient recovery.

But the cost of this is huge. Philips Search & Rescue Trust’s rescue helicopters do not receive any funding from the New Zealand Government. Your local rescue helicopter does have contracts with ACC, DHB and New Zealand Police, but this only covers 47% of the operating costs. This means 53% of this must come from the community.

Without community support, your rescue helicopter would not be able to remain operational on a 24/7, 365 basis, which would mean a serious delay in people being rescued, or transported to and from hospital facilities for urgent treatment.

Becoming a supporter of your local rescue helicopters means you will be making a life-saving difference in your community.

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