Coast gives as much as it re­ceives

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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.

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