Thank you to Air Res­cue

Northern Outlook - - FRONT PAGE - EMMA DANGER­FIELD

The crew of Can­ter­bury’s West­pac Res­cue He­li­copter re­ceived a spe­cial visit to­day on Mon­day from a spe­cial sup­porter of the ser­vice.

Jir­van Fal­wasser, 12, de­cided to raise some money for the Air Res­cue Ser­vice af­ter hav­ing to call on them twice in the same year.

He raised $1700 by sell­ing two calves, mak­ing the de­ci­sion to fundraise fol­low­ing a se­ri­ous ac­ci­dent in Au­gust 2017 where he re­quired the ser­vices of the Air Res­cue crew af­ter break­ing his neck and leg in a mo­tor­bike ac­ci­dent while out rid­ing on a farm near Che­viot.

Ji­varn made an ex­cel­lent re­cov­ery from his in­juries, but shortly af­ter the plate was re­moved from his leg he suf­fered an­other break in a freak ‘bull­rush ac­ci­dent’ at school, and was flown Christchurch Pub­lic Hos­pi­tal need­ing more surgery, this time to in­sert a wire in his leg.

Al­though still re­quir­ing the use of crutches, that didn’t stop Ji­varn from vis­it­ing the Air Res­cue base this week to meet with the crew that helped him, and to present the do­na­tion cheque.

Ash­bur­ton cou­ple, Lyn­ton and Dianne Mol­loy, are now the proud own­ers of two new calves, and also came to meet the team of pi­lot Matt Boul­cott, and in­ten­sive care paramedics Tatsu Kuwasaki and Shane Lynch.

The cou­ple has been sup­port­ing Air Res­cue for many years.

‘‘It’s such a crit­i­cal ser­vice for our com­mu­nity, and when we saw what Ji­varn was do­ing we de­cided we wanted to help,’’ Lyn­ton Mol­loy said.

Can­ter­bury West Coast Air Res­cue Trust gen­eral man­ager Rachael McNutt said the do­na­tion had been a real team ef­fort.

‘‘From Ji­varn’s in­spi­ra­tion and ded­i­ca­tion in rais­ing the calves, to his mum and fam­ily in sup­port­ing him through his two re­cov­er­ies, and the wider com­mu­nity that have sup­ported the Fal­wasser fam­ily over the last nine months.

‘‘Ji­varn is an ex­cep­tional young man, and we are very pleased to ac­cept this do­na­tion, which will be used to pur­chase new med­i­cal equip­ment. We would like to thank ev­ery­one in­volved.’’

SUPPLIED

Ji­varn Fal­wasser, 12, vis­ited the Air Res­cue Ser­vice to give them a do­na­tion of $1,700 af­ter he re­quired their ser­vices twice within a year.

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