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Westpac donates aditional $1 million to rescue helicopters

Tia McDougall
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Westpac NZ is donating an extra $1 million to support New Zealand’s rescue helicopters, which are facing a serious fundraising shortfall due to the impacts of COVID-19

The cancellation of fundraising events nationwide, plus financial uncertainty caused by COVID-19, have left the rescue helicopter trusts desperately short of critical funds. 

Westpac NZ Chief Executive David McLean says the pandemic has highlighted the importance of New Zealand’s frontline health services and the need to support them.

“Even while we’re at home under lockdown, our rescue choppers are out doing lifesaving work, whether it’s attending a farm accident or a childbirth emergency,” Mr McLean says. 

Canterbury West Coast Air Rescue Trust CEO Christine Prince has thanked the community for its ongoing support.

“We are grateful to Westpac and anyone able to make even a small donation to keep this vital service in the air. It’s a difficult time, but life goes on and so we need to be there in the case of any emergency,” Ms Prince says.

Those wishing to make a donation to their local rescue helicopter can do so at www.chopperappeal.co.nz.