Rescue dog Fin and his handler, Dermot Mayock, will lend a
hand at tomorrow's LandSAR appeal. Photo by Peter McIntosh.
A group of Otago Boys' High School pupils rescued by
Dunedin Land Search and Rescue last month will show their
appreciation by collecting for LandSAR's third annual appeal
The high-viz colours of Dunedin LandSAR volunteers and a
group of pupils will be seen on the city streets from 7.30am.
LandSAR fundraising co-ordinator Emma Milburn said the aim of
the appeal was to raise money for ongoing training and
''This is our big collection for the year and a chance for
the public to meet us and talk to us.''
Dunedin LandSAR rescued 10 pupils and two teachers from Otago
Boys' High School from the Rock and Pillar Range on May 18
after they became disoriented in heavy fog.
School principal Clive Rennie said he was delighted with the
outcome of the situation.
''Search and Rescue was great and we just want to give
Tomorrow, the Amateur Radio Emergency Communications (Arec)
members will staff the big yellow truck called the emergency
communication unit (ECU), which will be parked in the Octagon
and act as the volunteers' base for the day.
Search dog Fin would be one of three search dogs involved,
his handler, Dermot Mayock, said.
Mr Mayock emphasised the cost of equipment required by
''Every team that is part of a search, with or without a dog,
needs a radio - $400; a GPS - $600; a first aid kit - $200.''
In the past, LandSAR had collected up to $8000 during its
- Hannah Greenslade-Yeats