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Join your local rescue helicopter in World Helicopter Day

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Join your local rescue helicopter in celebrating World Helicopter Day

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“Thank you” seems too small a phrase for saving lives. But words of encouragement and support from the public, and heartfelt stories from the people they rescue, mean the world to the specialist crews of your local rescue helicopter.

Philips Search and Rescue Trust are calling for you to show your support by taking to social media on, or before, World Helicopter Day, 19 August 2018. Everyone who appreciates the incredible work, generosity and dedication that goes into running the rescue helicopter service, are urged to flood social media with ‘heli love’ by sharing photos, thoughts, stories or anything that expresses what rescue helicopters mean to them.

As New Zealand’s largest rescue helicopter operator, Philips Search and Rescue Trust relies on highly-skilled teams of rescue personnel and trauma-trained medics to be ready to take action around the clock, 365 days of the year. They operate rapid response helicopters, bringing life-saving equipment and medics directly to patients throughout the Central North Island. Due to their speed and agility, the service saves lives and improves the chance of survival - the sooner treatment begins, the greater chance of patient recovery.

Having the support of the community is vital in the success of running such a crucial emergency service. The Trust is a charity which relies on the generosity of donations from their local community to fund over 50% of their annual operating costs.

Search, and ‘like’, Philips Search and Rescue Trust on social media and post your messages of support. Use the hashtags #worldhelicopterday #chopperssavelives #PSRT #rescue and one lucky supporter will win a Greenlea Butcher Shop 'Feed the Family' meat pack valued at $115.

Facebook facebook.com/rescuehelicoptertrust

Intagram instagram.com/rescuechoppersnz

Twitter twitter.com/Rescue_PSRT

For further information on ways to donate or support please visit www.rescue.org.nz

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