Quiz night planned to boost res­cue chop­per

Central Otago Mirror - - CLASSIFIEDS -

Queen­stown’s West­pac team hopes to give the lo­cal res­cue he­li­copter ser­vice a boost when it holds a quiz night at the Wakatipu Rugby Club to­mor­row. Ter­race Junc­tion branch man­ager Adam Camp­bell said lo­cal busi­nesses had been gen­er­ous in do­nat­ing prizes to raise funds for the Lakes Dis­trict Air Res­cue Trust. ‘‘This ser­vice is a truly life­sav­ing op­er­a­tion, and ev­ery­one has a role in keep­ing New Zealand’s res­cue helicopters in the skies,’’ Mr Camp­bell said. The 24-hour ser­vice makes a life or death dif­fer­ence for thou­sands of peo­ple ev­ery year. More than 6200 mis­sions were com­pleted in 2012, in­clud­ing boat res­cues and the trans­porta­tion of hos­pi­tal pa­tients in need of ur­gent med­i­cal care. ‘‘The helicopters are such a vi­tal emer­gency ser­vice, but they de­pend on the sup­port and gen­eros­ity of our com­mu­nity to stay in the air . . . Ev­ery do­na­tion makes a big dif­fer­ence,’’ he said. The quiz night starts at 7pm.

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