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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.

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From fundraising to a life-saving flight
The Lile family, who farm on the outskirts of Te Awamutu, are proof of the old adage that one good turn deserves another.
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Thanks to you Gordon got his life-saving flight
Gordon Boyd was undergoing an operation in Rotorua Hospital when complications arose during the procedure.
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Your support saved Henry’s life
“Henry is in his second year studying Marine Science at Bay of Plenty polytechnic. On Monday 27 June he collapsed in the polytechnic carpark.
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I felt I was given a second chance
Maricel Tagle hit the ground and was knocked unconscious when riding her farm bike at work.
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The Christmas past that almost stole the present
As Debbie Needler gathers her family around the Christmas tree this year to exchange presents, she will have the sure conviction that there is something to celebrate.
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Cardiac on the 10th
The photos of two Waikato Westpac Rescue Helicopter crew on an advertising brochure is imprinted on Carolyn Eggers’ brain.  “Those pilots were there in person helping my husband,” she recalls.
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