$8000 donation for Otago Rescue Helicopter Trust

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JOHN.COSGROVE@nullcluthaleader.co.nz

The Otago Rescue Helicopter Trust (ORHT) has benefited from $8000 in funds raised by the Valley Roar.

The Clydevale-based hunting and fishing contest donated the money during a visit by its organising committee to the ORHT headquarters at Taieri aerodrome and heliport, near Mosgiel, on Sunday.

Committee member Julie Williams said the annual roar had raised the money because the trust was one of the principal charities they supported.

“We don’t know where or when we will ever need the service, so it’s important to support it.

“Over the years we have done what we can to help outfit the paramedics,” she said.

This year the money would be used to re-equip the paramedics’ advanced life-support packs.

These large packs are carried by paramedics when they arrive at the scene, and contain a wide variety of support equipment and medical drugs.

ORHT chief paramedic Doug Flett said over the years the Valley Roar committee donations had helped buy bone drills, fibre optic airways scopes and a lot of specialist life-saving equipment.

“The next step for the service is to start establishing a simulation suite to improve our clinical training,” he said.

ORHT secretary manager Vivienne Seaton said the trust was extremely grateful for the support from the Valley Roar committee.

“We are absolutely reliant on the support of the community and so grateful for the Valley Roar committee’s donation,” she said.