Company recommits to chopper
On hearing the news that Greenlea Rescue Helicopter is staying in the district, Century 21 Premier (Tu¯rangi) has recommitted to supporting the lifesaving service.
Local Century 21 franchise owner Wai Johnson says the Greenlea Rescue Helicopter will be the single recipient of their 2019 fundraising.
This year the Tu¯rangi-based real estate business joined others in the campaign to retain the helicopter rescue service for the Taupo¯-Central Plateau area, including pledging financial support if the service was retained.
The business has raised over $15,000 with an annual charity auction and dinner for St John Youth. In 2017 it raised funds for Coastguard Tu¯rangi.
Wai says last month Century 21 hosted a Spring Fling to thank the community for its generosity.
“It was a great night with a local band and plenty of delicious food.”
For Wai the Greenlea rescue helicopter has a very personal connection.
The helicopter rescued her son and his best friend when they capsized on the lake. She says if it had it not been for their fast action in locating the boys in the dark, both would have died.
Century 21 Premier will host its next charity auction and dinner for the Greenlea rescue helicopter in the New Year, with the date to be announced soon.