Rescued boys aid appeal

Rescue dog Fin and his handler, Dermot Mayock, will lend a hand at tomorrow's LandSAR appeal. Photo by Peter McIntosh.
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 tomorrow.

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 updating equipment.

''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 something back.''

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 LandSAR.

''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 appeal.

- Hannah Greenslade-Yeats

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