Climbing for rescue chopper
PILOTS and crew become heroes every time they step into the rescue helicopter.
Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter is now on the lookout for community ‘helicopter heroes’ of a different kind on the Coffs Coast.
The service is asking the community to turn an event, challenge or momentous occasion into an online fundraising opportunity for the chopper.
Coffs Harbour’s Russ Holland will climb Mt Kilimanjaro next year to raise funds for the rescue helicopter. He hopes to collect $15,000 which will enable the service to buy a pair of night vision goggles.
“We are fortunate to have many passionate supporters who wish to raise funds for us in so many ways,” said the rescue helicopter’s general manager Kris Beavis.
“All we’ve done is just made it a lot simpler. People can accept donations online.”
Helicopter heroes help the pilots and crew continue to fly their life-saving missions by fundraising online via www.everydayhero.com.au
Helicopter heroes are able to build their own web page in minutes and email their unique link to their friends and family to ask for support.
“Anyone can be a helicopter hero. Some heroes run marathons and triathlons, some cycle, swim, walk and climb mountains,” Mr Beavis said.
“They raise funds by asking their friends and family to support them in their quest.
“Some helicopter heroes want to quit a habit or lose weight, while others choose to share their celebration (like a birthday, wedding, engagement or anniversary) with us by asking friends and family to donate online to the rescue helicopter instead of giving gifts.
“Our fundraising is changing. It’s getting harder and harder to fundraise, so anything like this which makes fundraising easier and fun from the community’s perspective is a bonus.
“People are busy and don’t have time to chase up money, handle cash or deposit cheques into the bank. Everyday Hero passes all donations on to the rescue helicopter and arranges receipts.”
For more details visit www.everydayhero.com.au or call the rescue helicopter on 6627 4444.