No one wants to need these guys but when the time comes, it's reassuring to know the ARHT (Auckland Regional Helicopter Trust) has a rescue helicopter just minutes away. They can't offer this life saving service without the support and donations of businesses or everyday New Zealanders.
We've jumped on board with the ARHT as a Mission Supporter for 2020. What does this mean? Well it means that our donation has enabled the ARHT to fund 60 minutes towards an accident or medical emergency and for that, we're pretty chuffed.
The Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust's origins date back to the establishment of the Rescue Helicopter Service in 1970. That summer, the Auckland Surf Life Saving Association launched a world first in ocean rescue with the provision of the Hiller 12E helicopter.
Hiller 12E helicopter. This aircraft was used specifically for rescues from the surf on Auckland's west coast beaches, and the use of the helicopter for this purpose was a typical demonstration of kiwi ingenuity showing the way!
In 1990 a Charitable Trust was formed with Trustees selected from the community and business sectors of the greater Auckland region. The primary aim of the Trust is to provide and develop a highly efficient aeromedical service for the benefit of the community at large.
If you're interested in finding out how you too can support the ARHT, check out their website https://www.rescuehelicopter.org.nz/