Kids on a high af­ter chal­lenge

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

A group of pri­mary school kids have dis­cov­ered ar­riv­ing to class in a heli­copter is a sure fire way to im­press your friends.

The whole of Rich­mond Road School was told to ‘‘hold their hats’’ as they gath­ered in the play­ground to watch the West­pac res­cue heli­copter land in the field.

The air­craft de­liv­ered five school chums safely to ground – the top fundrais­ers for the Chop­per Chal­lenge.

The Chop­per Chal­lenge has been run­ning since 2007 and sees res­cue staff teach­ing young­sters fit­ness in­clud­ing stretcher drills.

Stu­dents then rally spon­sor­ship for their six- week fit­ness chal­lenge which cul­mi­nates in a fi­nal fit­ness test.

Chloe Gar­cia raised the most money on be­half of Rich­mond Road School, rais­ing about $490.

Her im­pres­sive ef­fort gained her a place in the cock­pit for the ride from Me­chan­ics Bay to the school.

‘‘It was really fun, but at the be­gin­ning I was quite ner­vous,’’ she says.

‘‘I saw the school from the sky and it was really tiny.’’

Af­ter de­liv­er­ing the first batch of chil­dren to the school, the heli­copter then re­turned to the bay tak­ing an­other five fan­tas­tic fundrais­ers with it.

Pho­tos: DANIELLE STREET

Whirly­bird: Kids from Rich­mond Road School raised nearly $3000 for the West­pac res­cue heli­copter.

Top fundraiser: Chloe Gar­cia got to sit up front in a heli­copter ride to school.

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