The Hawkes Bay Rescue Helicopter Trust is in the midst of a busy summer saving lives. The service makes over 300 flights a year to some of the most remote locations in Hawke’s Bay. Call outs include emergency response, search and rescue and medical emergencies.
Maintaining the Lowe Corporation Rescue Helicopter is a huge undertaking, requiring nearly $2.3 million per year to keep airborne.
Engagement from local Hawkes Bay businesses is critical, says Hawkes Bay Rescue Helicopter Trust Marketing and Fundraising Manager Beth O’Reilly.
“We have some amazing Corporate Sponsors who consistently support us, but expenses related to maintaining the service continue to grow, so we are always looking for new support. That’s why we were delighted when John Sanko, the franchise owner of MTF Hastings approached us about a donation idea, where an amount would be donated for every loan written during the month of December”.
John and his family are members and Lifeguards at the Waimarama Surf Lifesaving Club, and have seen first-hand how important the service is for search and rescue. With the tragic events of the last fortnight, with three drownings in the Hawke’s Bay, this just reinforces the need.
MTF Hastings is a locally owned franchise. Johns says being a locally owned business, being part of the local community, and playing a part in local rescue services is part and parcel of being a good business citizen.
Hawke’s Bay people are uniquely community oriented, and the support we’ve received for this initiative has been humbling. I think what we’ve done is achievable for all companies large and small, it’s good for business, and I would encourage other local business not already involved to pitch in to help keep this great asset flying”.
Hawkes Bay Rescue Helicopter Trust is a registered charity and needs to raise around $1.3 million each year to remain operational. It is only with the generous support of individuals and businesses in the community that they are able to continue saving lives.
Posted: 13 February 2018