MORE FM’s Mount Everest Challenge 2020 | Philips Search and Rescue Trust

MORE FM’s Mount Everest Challenge 2020


MORE FM’s Mount Everest Challenge 2020

The very successful Mount Everest Challenge is back! Join us and Climb the Mount 38 times in 50 days to raise money for TECT Rescue Helicopter.

We are thrilled that the TECT Rescue Helicopter has been selected as this year’s recipient charity for the 6th annual Mount Everest Challenge, held in Mount Maunganui.

This event is fast becoming one of the most popular fundraisers in the area. The event challenges participants to climb local peak Mauao 38 times, the equivalent height of Mount Everest. Completed solo or as a team, the popular event is a fun way to raise funds, keep fit, compete with friends and workmates, and enjoy the stunning view from one of New Zealand’s iconic landmarks.

This event encourages people to get outdoors and come together as a community for a common goal. If you’re looking for a challenge this event is for you! Completing the Mount Everest Challenge will test your physical ability and mental strength. Get your team in today or take part as an individual and get involved in this extremely exciting challenge.

Participants can complete the mission over 50 days and are encouraged to seek sponsorship, with funds raised donated to TECT Rescue Helicopter. Over $400,000 has been raised for local charities since the Mount Everest Challenge started in 2014.

The event will take place from 16 February to 5 April, join us and sign you and your workplace up for the challenge today –

The TECT Rescue Helicopter completed 402 missions in 2019 and with an average mission costing $8,000. Our need for funding is bigger than ever. The rescue helicopter service is so important to the Bay of Plenty Coastal community, your support ensures the rescue helicopter remains operational 24/7, 365 days a year.

The TECT Rescue Helicopter operates as a charity and relies on support from sponsors and community donations. The crucial financial support ensures our rescue helicopter can continue to bring life-saving equipment, rescue personnel, and intensive care paramedics directly to the patient. For further information about the TECT Rescue Helicopter visit our website


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Philips Search & Rescue Trust Background:

Philips Search & Rescue Trust (PSRT) is the charity responsible for fundraising and promotion of the North Island’s largest pool of community helicopters. PSRT was founded in 1985 after an endowment by Philips New Zealand Limited to mark a light aircraft accident near Turangi in which two Philips personnel lost their lives.

Encompassing a fleet of rescue helicopters and fixed-wing planes, the service provides air health and rescue services free of charge to the public on a no-fault basis. The rapid response is powered by an expert crew of pilots, crewmen, paramedics, doctors, flight nurses, and specialist crew. In a life and death situation, it is this speed and agility that can make all the difference, with patients able to receive medical treatment whilst en route to a medical facility.


Philips Search & Rescue Trust fund and support:

  • Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter, Waikato, King Country, Coromandel
  • TECT Rescue Helicopter, Bay of Plenty coastal region
  • Greenlea Rescue Helicopter, Lakes region, Central Plateau
  • Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter, Manawatu, Whanganui
  • Westpac Air Ambulance (Fixed Wing), Nationwide


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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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