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Your generosity aided a swift response for Chelsea.

A passionate motocross rider, 16 year old Chelsea Trueman struck trouble while competing at an event in Awakaponga. After landing a jump, Chelsea hit something on the ground and moving at high-speed she put her leg out to hold herself upright, but the bike’s handlebars slammed down onto her knee.

Baby Charlotte could have died without you

Charlotte Rogers had a very early start to life, arriving at 30 weeks, weighing 2lb 4oz. She spent the first two months of her little life in hospital growing in weight and strength, before being discharged in late March 2016.

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.

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.

The cost of this is huge. Your rescue helicopter has contracts with ACC, DHB’s and NZ police, providing approximately 50% of the operating costs. This means the remaining 50% of funding must come from the community.

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 life saving difference.

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