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New Zealand Man Raises $70,000 Over 2 Years to Thank Rescue Helicopter, Report Says

By S.L. Fuller | August 23, 2017
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To show gratitude for the helicopter that rescued him, a New Zealand man held a fundraiser in its honor for the second year in a row, according to the New Zealand Harold network. A news report in The Country said that Jason Wing’s fundraiser raised more than $40,000.

In 2014, the report said, Wing was transported to a hospital by Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter, following a quad bike accident. He reportedly says the airlift, in a Kawasaki BK117, saved his life. Palmerston North Helicopter is part of the Philips Search and Rescue Trust.

The fundraiser, called the Blue Tie Ball, took place at the Marton Memorial Hall, the report said. Last year’s fundraiser reportedly raised $30,000. This year, 310 people attended the event, and there were more than 20 sponsors.

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