Thursday, 17 October 2019 10:44

Rural contractors raise $30K for ambulance and helicopters services

Written by  Staff Reporters
More than $30,000 has been handed over by Rural Contractors NZ to St John and the Nelson Marlborough Helicopter Rescue Trust. Celebrating the handover are Debbie Clark and Brendan Morton from St John Nelson area, RCNZ CEO Roger Parton and rescue helicopter pilot Barry McAuliffe.    More than $30,000 has been handed over by Rural Contractors NZ to St John and the Nelson Marlborough Helicopter Rescue Trust. Celebrating the handover are Debbie Clark and Brendan Morton from St John Nelson area, RCNZ CEO Roger Parton and rescue helicopter pilot Barry McAuliffe.   

Rural contractors have donated $30k to support Nelson ambulance and rescue helicopter services.

Lifting cushions for Nelson ambulances and immersion suits for rescue helicopter staff are among the benefits to emerge from donations made by rural contractors from around the country.

At their annual conference in Nelson in June, Rural Contractors NZ held a fundraising auction and this week their chief executive Roger Parton handed over cheques for $15,791.93 to both St John Nelson Area and the Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter Trust.

“Our members, suppliers and exhibitors generously contribute goods and cash for an auction at each conference,” Parton says. “We always support front-line services such as St John and the regional helicopter trusts because are members are among the many people who benefit.” 

St John Nelson Bays Territory Manager, Anne-Maree Harris, says her organisation will use some of the money towards installing lifting cushions in frontline ambulances. 

“These provide our patients with a comfortable, safe and dignified lift and reduce back injury for ambulance staff, so it’s a very welcome donation”.

Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter Trust will use its share for equipment.

“The crew require immersion suits to be used when boat winching offshore,” said Trust general manager Paula Muddle. “We are always looking for funding for equipment and this arrives at a very timely moment.”

Parton says since Rural Contractors NZ began the fundraising in 2010, more than $200,000 has been handed over.

“We can’t think of better causes to support than ambulance and regional rescue helicopters who are both there to look after all of us at times of greatest need.”

Next year’s Rural Contractors conference is in Rotorua and Parton is hoping to match or cap this year’s total.

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