Chopper funds a record
This year’s Westpac Chopper Appeal has raised $231,525 for the Westpac Waikato Air Ambulance.
This is part of a record $1,672,085 raised across the country, improving on the previous best of $1,656,858 million raised in 2011.
All donations from the Westpac Chopper Appeal will be distributed back to the 16 rescue chopper services across the country.
Westpac Community Sponsorship Manager, Bec Williams, said the total raised was outstanding.
“New Zealanders have once again shown support for their local rescue helicopters and this year it’s a record breaker,” says Bec. “We’d like to thank all the generous Kiwis who dug deep to show their support, as well as our people who pulled out all the stops to raise money for their local chopper.
“The helicopters are such a vital emergency service but they depend on the support and generosity of our community to stay in the air. It’s really important to play our part and raise awareness of this vital service, along with much-needed funds.”
Westpac employees were once again highly active in their communities and crucial to the success of this year’s appeal with over $148,000 collected on the May 25 nationwide Street Appeal.
The bank was able to use London Paralympics swimmer Sophie Pascoe as well as past and present rugby greats Frank Bunce, Ian Jones, Conrad Smith and Jerome Kaino as Chopper Ambassadors, challenging school students around the country to raise money for their local rescue chopper. More than 19,000 text responses contributed another $57,000 to the record total.
Donations are welcome throughout the year at chopperappeal.co.nz or any Westpac branch.