Poker run for our chop­per

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West­pac Chop­per Ap­peal.

Sav­ing lives is the mo­ti­va­tion be­hind the an­nual West­pac Chop­per Ap­peal Bikes and Car Poker Run in Toko­roa this Satur­day.

West­pac Toko­roa man­ager Emma Jones said the fundrais­ing event will be open to all Har­ley’s, road bikes, clas­sic cars, and hot rods for $10 as a way of rais­ing money for the Waikato King Coun­try West­pac Res­cue He­li­copter.

The poker run will travel a four to five hour route start­ing at the Toko­roa Club with regis­tra­tions from 8.30am be­fore par­tic­i­pants set off at 10am. It will stop for fundrais­ing and re­fresh­ments along the way.

‘‘Lots of clas­sic cars take part, we are go­ing to have the whole she­bang,’’ she said.

‘‘We did it for the first time last year and we raised just over $10,000. It’s such a cool event and any­one can come along and show their sup­port for the lo­cal res­cue he­li­copter.’’

Jones said the res­cue he­li­copter re­lied on com­mu­ni­ties for over 50 per cent of its fund­ing, so hold­ing these events was es­sen­tial.

‘‘On av­er­age each mis­sion costs $8900 and that is for only one flight so we are hop­ing to raise a sim­i­lar amount of money as we did last year,’’ she said.

‘‘This ser­vice is a truly life-sav­ing op­er­a­tion, and ev­ery­one has a role in keep­ing New Zealand’s res­cue he­li­copters in the skies.’’

Jones said if peo­ple were un­able to make it to the run dur­ing the day fundrais­ing events will also be tak­ing place at the Toko­roa Club that evening.

‘‘En­try will be free and there will be lots of fun with loads of prizes,’’ she said.

Do­na­tions can also be made at the branch.

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