Cash appeal for rescue chopper


Organisers of the TrustPower TECT Rescue Helicopter service are asking for donations to help fund the thousands of rescues undertaken each year throughout the country.


More than 5430 rescue missions were carried out by rescue helicopters around New Zealand last year, including 169 in the Bay of Plenty region.


Running throughout May, the Westpac Chopper Appeal is supported by open days at the helicopter bases, a variety of fundraising activities in schools and community centres, as well as a nationwide street appeal on Friday May 31.


Donations for the appeal can be made at any Westpac Branch, by texting CHOPPER to 3181 to donate $3 or on the web at



- Bay of Plenty Times

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