Heli appeal gets a lift

After becoming involved in a fundraising breakfast in Dargaville recently, director of Mac Ute Accessories, Luke Underwood, has pledged his Hamilton-based company will donate some of its profits to the Northland Helicopter Service appeal, giving it an une

Visiting Dargaville during the annual Northland Rescue Helicopter appeal inspired Hamilton-based company director, Luke Underwood, to pledge some of the company profits towards the appeal

After becoming involved in a fundraising breakfast in Dargaville recently, director of Mac Ute Accessories, Luke Underwood, has pledged his Hamilton-based company will donate some of its profits to the Northland Helicopter Service appeal, giving it an unexpected lift.

“Until December 21, we will gift five per cent of all of our hard-lid sales to Northland new vehicle dealers selling Ford, VW, Holden, Isuzu, Mitsubishi, Toyota and Nissan, and also customers who already own a ute and are interested in one of our hard-lids,” said national sales manager Mac Ute Accessories, Kelly Waller, who also attended the fundraising breakfast.

The company is proud to be a part of the appeal. Luke has a background in surf lifesaving, and Kelly has had occasion to use the helicopter service as a patient after an accidental fall from a horse.

“I had not heard of the Northland Rescue Chopper service before the breakfast, but I was blown away with how the community rallied around to support the service, and what an amazing bunch of people,” said Luke.

“Being out in the street shaking buckets and meeting the locals was something I had never done before.  I have no hesitation in making this operation my charity of choice,” he added.

“I heard that Northlanders donated $307,000 during last year’s appeal and we want to help make a difference this time around.”

Four hard-lids have been sold since the announcement. People with enquiries can phone 0508 622 8837.


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