Chopper appeal comes to town

Committed to the cause — this Ford Mondeo is about to go under the hammer for charity

A NEST rescue helicopter appeal roadshow is coming to Dargaville on Friday November 17, with a late-model Ford Mondeo, courtesy of Dargaville Ford, going under the charity auction hammer, starting at $1 reserve, with all proceeds going to the trust.

It is almost 29 years to the day that helicopter rescues in Northland began with a single call to action, on the 15th of November 1988. That original chopper — a Bell Jetranger — has long since been retired, but in the intervening years a succession of helicopters flown by the dedicated team out of Whangarei have carried more than 16,000 people to safety.

It’s not easy keeping three highly-specced Sikorsky rescue choppers in the air — it takes a team of engineers, technicians and administrators to keep the twelve highly trained flight crew and eight paramedics air-ready. But their vigilance saves lives. Most of us know somebody who has the Northland Rescue Helicopter to thank for their life or wellbeing today.

On Friday it’s time for Dargaville to step up and show support for a service which has proven a bona fide lifesaver for many of our friends and neighbours. Dargaville Ford is leading the charge for this year’s big appeal, donating time, their yard and their enthusiasm for a day of appreciation. They’re also putting that Mondeo, with 3 years mechanical insurance, under the hammer at 9.30 am. After all, as many have said during this year’s fundraising campaign — ‘you never know when your family will need them’.
 


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