Pi­lots the ‘he­roes’

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

It’s hard to know which was more pop­u­lar at Can­nons Creek School last week – Con­rad Smith or the West­pac res­cue he­li­copter.

The an­nual ap­peal for the he­li­copter ser­vice is on this month, and Smith made the three-minute trip from Welling­ton to land on the school’s field.

There was ex­cite­ment when the chop­per flew over, but to have it land and a well-known Hur­ri­cane and All Black step out sent the kids into a frenzy.

In the school hall, Smith told the as­sem­bled stu­dents and teach­ers that the pi­lots and medics on board the chop­pers were the ‘‘real he­roes’’.

Fol­low­ing a chaotic game of rugby that in­cluded the en­tire school, he told Kapi-mana News that rugby has a tra­di­tion of sup­port­ing the Chop­per Ap­peal through the New Zealand Rugby Play­ers As­so­ci­a­tion.

‘‘It’s such a wor­thy cause that we’re happy to be be­hind.

‘‘ I like com­ing out here [Porirua], the kids are very cool, big sup­port­ers of the Canes; and I’ve played a bit at Porirua Park.’’

Ev­ery dol­lar raised this month goes back to the ser­vice, which is op­er­ated through 16 char­i­ta­ble trusts na­tion­wide. West­pac funds the mar­ket­ing and ad­min­is­tra­tion of the ap­peal.

Do­nate on­line at chop­per ap­peal.co.nz, text ‘‘chop­per’’ to 3181 for a $ 3 do­na­tion or do­nate at any West­pac branch.

Pass it! Hur­ri­canes skip­per

Con­rad Smith showed his ex­cel­lent dis­tri­bu­tion skills dur­ing a bois­ter­ous game of touch rugby at Can­nons Creek School – with

ev­ery stu­dent tak­ing part.

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