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Baytrust Renews Sponsorship Of Rotorua-based Baytrust Rescue Helicopter

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BayTrust has again committed to financially supporting Rotorua's rescue helicopter, continuing its lead sponsorship arrangement for a further three years to 30 September 2012.

Paula Thompson, chair of BayTrust, "says the organisation is delighted to be continuing its support for such an essential emergency service that supports the well-being not just of Rotorua communities but the whole Bay of Plenty region".

The sponsorship, worth $200,000 a year, is crucial to being able to supply a fully dedicated air rescue and air ambulance service to the region says base manager and pilot, Neil Dodds. "The service responded to 220 emergencies during BayTrust's previous sponsorship period of three years - that's a lot of lives to have been assisted by the rescue helicopter. Without the support of BayTrust, this might not have been the case."

Ms Thompson says BayTrust's prime objective is to help build, strengthen and enhance communities in the Bay of Plenty. "We will never have sufficient funds to meet all the requests made to us," she said. "And particularly in the past year or so we have had to look very hard indeed at each and every funding application. But the fact is, the BayTrust Rescue Helicopter continues to help save the lives of the sick and injured. BayTrustees are convinced this is a truly excellent and essential service to support."

Errol Millar, chairman of the Philips Search and Rescue Trust that operates the Rotorua rescue helicopter as well as the rescue helicopters in Tauranga, Hamilton, Taupo and Palmerston North says he and his trustees are delighted with the continued support from BayTrust.

"We sincerely appreciate the long-term financial support BayTrust is giving to our Rotorua rescue helicopter service," he says.

"The generous annual donation goes a long way to ensuring we can continue to provide the best rescue and emergency service to the people of Rotorua and the Bay of Plenty."

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