18 July, 2017

Kiwis contribute to another great result for local rescue choppers

This year’s Westpac Chopper Appeal has raised $1,261,214.74 for rescue helicopter services around New Zealand.

All donations from the Westpac Chopper Appeal are distributed back to the 16 rescue helicopter services across the country, meaning money raised locally, stays local.

Westpac GM Marketing, Andy Kerr, says the total raised is another fantastic effort.

“Kiwis realise just how important our rescue helicopters are and have once again rallied strongly behind their local choppers and again shown amazing support,” says Mr Kerr. “Their generosity continues to ensure this vital emergency service can stay in the air and carry out life-saving rescue missions every day.”

“We’d like to thank everyone who contributed around the country, and to those that gave of their time to organise the wide variety of fundraising events this year.”

Westpac employees played a big part in this Chopper Appeal’s success with fundraising initiatives organised around the country as well as collecting $82,156.00 in the nationwide Chopper Street Appeal.

‘The People’s Chopper’ proved again to be a popular way to donate with those giving online at www.chopperappeal.co.nz or via text having the opportunity to upload a picture of themselves or someone they love onto the side of the helicopter.

An impressive collage of more than 1500 faces formed a colourful new skin around the chopper. An interactive digital rendering of the People’s Chopper can be viewed at chopperappeal.co.nz/peopleschopper/.

Donations are welcome throughout the year and can be made at www.chopperappeal.co.nz or any Westpac branch.

Westpac is the principal sponsor of the Auckland, Waikato, Wellington and Canterbury Westpac rescue helicopters.

The annual Westpac Chopper Appeal helps raise funds for all regional rescue helicopter services around New Zealand.