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Known as Airman Ron, he completed his task of raising $90,000 in 90 days before he turned 90 last week.
But he is now vowing to go on for another year to raise more money.
Said Ron: "Amazing, thanks to all, and I am honoured and delighted. I’m determined to keep going. Next birthday, I am aiming for $91,000.”
Originally from the United Kingdom and a former Royal Air Force man, Ron was inspired by Captain Sir Tom Moore who raised $NZ60 million for the National Health Service in Britain during the Covid lockdown in 2020 by walking around his backyard.
Ron completed 194,400 steps during his 90-day fundraiser.
His birthday last week was marked with a surprise party at the Westpac rescue helicopter base. There, he discovered the H145 Westpac rescue helicopter now bears his name – Airman Ron – in honour of his fundraising efforts.
Trust chief executive, Christine Prince, said Ron is an absolute hero.
“Despite restrictions from a stroke, a lung condition and suffering a bout of Covid in June, Ron continued his daily routine,” she said.