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Patients and donors are at the heart of everything we do.  Your stories are a powerful testament to human strength, courage, vulnerability, and hope.

Your stories inspire others and bring awareness to the lifesaving work undertaken by the highly skilled personnel onboard the Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter, who are saving lives every day.

If you have experienced our service or held a fundraising event or activity for your rescue helicopter, you have a story to tell, and we’d love for you to share it with us. Click here to share your story.

On picturesque farmland on the outskirts of Matamata, Annie and her eldest son were with a group enjoying a hunt on horseback, when her horse flipped, landing on top of her.
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For Maria and her unborn baby, time was critical
When your rescue helicopter is tasked to a mission, it’s because it is the fastest, best and in many cases, the only option, and for Maria and her unborn baby time was critical.
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For 14-year-old Hamish, your support means the world
Enjoying all that high school has to offer, Hamish of Cambridge jumped at the chance of a diving trip organised by his school.
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Your Support Saves Lives Like Lou's
A fit and active couple, Keith and Lou Roebuck had travelled to Tokoroa in their motorhome to attend the Timber Town Romp.
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Your Support Makes a World of Difference
Your support ensures your rescue helicopter can be there for families like Ben’s at the scariest moments of their lives.
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Alan’s life was saved by the Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter
It took a split second for Alan to lose control of his bike.
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