Celebrating the Highlanders and Otago Rescue Helicopter
Trust 2013 official charity partnership yesterday are (from
left) chief pilot Graeme Gale, Highlander Jarrad Hoeata,
pilot Glen Kingan, pilot Grant Withers, paramedic Ian
Ridley, paramedic Dave Hay, Highlander Aaron Smith, Otago
Rescue Helicopter trustee Paul Moodie and Highlanders
commercial manager Mike Kerr. Photo by Gregor Richardson.
The Highlanders will be playing with the wind this Super
The Highlanders yesterday announced the Otago Rescue
Helicopter Trust as its 2013 charity partner.
''The decision to work with the Otago Rescue Helicopter Trust
in a formal way is a significant and positive one for the
Highlanders,'' the team's commercial manager, Mike Kerr, said
at the announcement yesterday.
''The trust does a remarkable job fundraising for a service
that is so important to our community. The service touches
all parts of the community from children, to the elderly, to
the rural and even the rugby community.''
The Highlanders would help with fundraising and help raise
awareness of the trust, Mr Kerr said.
Otago Rescue Helicopter trustee Paul Moodie said the
Highlanders were a great fit ''and we welcome the opportunity
to work together over the coming season''.
The trust was formed in 1998 to establish and fund a
dedicated Otago intensive care rescue helicopter service. It
receives an hourly rate to cover helicopter flying costs from
ACC for accidents, hospitals for patient transfers and police
for search and rescue missions.
However, it cost another $500,000 a year to cover the fixed
costs of maintaining the helicopter and having pilots and
paramedics on permanent stand-by, Mr Moodie said.