Almost $17,000 has been raised for the BayTrust Rescue Helicopter through the Westpac Chopper Appeal, while donations from throughout the country added to the $1.22 million raised this year.

All donations from the appeal are distributed back to the 16 rescue helicopter services across the country and the money raised locally stays local.

Westpac Consumer Bank and Wealth general manager Simon Power said the $16,737.81 raised was due to the hard work and dedication of the volunteers and everyone who had given so generously again this year.

"This year's chopper appeal has been focused on the concept of 'Chopper Country' and keeping people safe as they go out and live their lives to the fullest in New Zealand's great outdoors – whether they're at work or out exploring, as Kiwis do," he said.

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BayTrust Rescue Helicopter base manager and pilot Ben Fry thanked the team at Westpac Rotorua and everyone involved in the Rotorua Duck Race, as well as those who donated throughout Chopper Appeal month.

"We are grateful to be part of such a generous community who are dedicated to supporting the BayTrust Rescue Helicopter."

Donations are welcome throughout the year and can be made at www.chopperappeal.co.nz or any Westpac branch.

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