Otago Regional Rescue Helicopter intensive care paramedics
Ian Ridley (left) and Anthony Hoets get started on the
Wenita firewood sale at Mt Allan yesterday. Photo by
The wood choppers are coming out to back the rescue
An army of volunteers is hoping money does grow on trees at a
firewood fundraiser for the Otago Regional Rescue Helicopter
Trust next weekend.
At least 1000 tonnes of cut-price radiata pine will be on
sale at the Wenita Forestry Products plantation at Mt Allan.
''Everyone's donating their time for the rescue helicopter,''
Wenita commercial manager Anne Horsewood said yesterday.
''All the helicopter paramedics and Wenita staff and
contractors are going to be there helping out on the day. If
we have the weather we've had lately, it's going to be a
A similar sale in 2010 sale netted about $3000 for the rescue
Intensive care paramedic Anthony Hoets plans to put in a
couple of hours after his night shift next Saturday.
The firewood will be available at three Mt Allan sites, to
expedite pick-up and turnaround times, from 8am-4pm next
Sunday. The sale is pick-up only and no chainsaws are
Prices are $20 for a single-axle trailer, $30 for a
double-axle trailer and $50 for a truck, with all proceeds
going to the Otago Regional Rescue Helicopter Trust.
The location will be signposted from Salisbury Rd and maps
are available from the Wenita Forest Products office in