Coast gives as much as it receives
A generous donation from the Hibiscus Rodders Club from the annual Beach Festival sees Hibiscus Coast join Leigh as the only communities in the Auckland region that donate as much to the Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust as they receive in rescue flights.
This year’s Auckland anniversary weekend event raised a record $37,000 for the Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust, and club members travelled in convoy to Auckland’s Mechanics Bay helicopter base on April 2 to present the cheque.
‘‘The money you’ve raised has paid for the eight potentially lifesaving rescues that our crews performed out of the Hibiscus Coast last year,’’ Trust’s general manager of marketing and fundraising John Hooper says.
‘‘You’re paying your own way — the only community in the Auckland region other than Leigh to do so. We can only hope that other locals in the area can follow your lead and help us with the ever increasing demand placed on your rescue helicopters.’’
Beach Festival co-ordinator Sharon Morris and Rodders club president Dave Swan said they were very proud of the club’s efforts for such a good cause.
This year’s Beach Festival drew an estimated 50,000 plus people to Orewa, and hundreds of American and pre-75 cars from throughout the North Island.
Hibiscus Rodders Club’s Beach Festival raised a record $37,000 for the Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust.