Local Westpac supports appeal

It has been a month of baking and fundraising for the Pukekohe Branch of Westpac, as the team have fully backed the annual Chopper Appeal.

Running throughout May, the Westpac Chopper Appeal is the national fundraising event where awareness and funds are raised for the charities that provide New Zealand’s rescue helicopter services. One hundred perecent of the money raised from the Chopper Appeal goes straight back to the local rescue helicopter service in the area where the funds were raised, meaning money raised locally, stays local.

In the Franklin and North Waikato districts, there have been over 30 missions for a range of medical emergencies, accidents and search and rescues so far this year, stretching from Mercer and Port Waikato, to Awhitu and Kaiaua.

From bucket collections, street appeals and delicious cake stalls, the team at Pukekohe Westpac have made a great contribution to the cause, as they agree that the Auckland Westpac Rescue Helicopter is a ‘vital lifeline to the local community.’

The Westpac Pukekohe team would like to acknowledge the community’s support, as well as the help from Wesley College and volunteers, Chris Massey and Helen Graham for the manning the cake stalls and their baking skills.

It isn’t too late to donate to the cause, and more information can be found on www.chopperappeal.co.nz


From left, Chris Massey, Robert Fernandes, Melissa Anderson, Linda Hughes, Helen Tunley and Helen Graham at the last cake stall for the annual Chopper Appeal.