Chop­per funds a record

South Waikato News - - SPORT -

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 chop­per­ap­ or any West­pac branch.

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