Providing critical air rescue services for the people of Canterbury and West Coast 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
In trauma cases such as road accidents and medical emergencies, getting emergency care or treatment to a patient at the scene within 60 minutes of an accident or incident increases the patients chance of making a full recovery by over 80% - this is referred to as “the golden hour”.
In remote and isolated areas the rescue helicopters provide a critical lifeline.
The Christchurch based Westpac Rescue Helicopter and the Greymouth based ROA Mining Rescue Canterbury watch over the lives of more than 600,000 people. We have been operating for over 30 years and have saved thousands of lives in our community. On average, 3 people will place their lives in the hands of the Air Rescue crew each day.
The community are our main supporters and see the inherent value of contributing to saving lives and doing their part to help the community.
The Air Rescue Trust need to raise $4.7 million a year to provide this life-saving service; today and for future generations. This represents a contribution of $5,000 towards each mission (based on 2019 mission numbers). Donations support the operational cost of the service, training costs and medical equipment.
Now more than ever, together we can make a difference and save lives! The Westpac Rescue Helicopter and West Coast ROA Mining Rescue Helicopter are our community’s safety net. Your donation ensures that the event of an accident or medical emergency, help from above is always close by for all of us.
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The Canterbury West Coast Air Rescue Trust has funded the life-saving Rescue Helicopters in Canterbury and the West Coast since 1989. As of 2019, the Service has safely undertaken over 14,000 rescue missions. We have an excellent partnership with GCH Aviation, the contracted operator of the Rescue Helicopter Service.
Our vision is that people across the vast and rugged Canterbury and West Coast regions can live their lives to the full, assured that if they have a medical emergency, the Rescue Helicopter will be there to look after them and their families.
The Air Rescue Trust needs to raise $4.7 million a year to provide this life-saving service.
Our generous supporters see the inherent value of contributing to saving lives and doing their part to help the community. Their generosity enables the Canterbury Westpac Rescue Helicopter and the West Coast ROA Mining Rescue Helicopter to be there for all of us in the event of an accident or medical emergency.
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Our August direct mail campaign is underway. If you elect to donate online, please include your donor reference number from the bottom left corner of your letter. Thanks so much for all the on-going support. We couldn't do it without you :)