On Wednesday the 27th of August, 12 people from Batten House were lucky enough to get to fly in the Westpac Rescue Helicopter with pilot, Dave Walley, and crewman, Murray Piper!
The Helicopter flew into school and landed on the Number One Field carrying Julian Abraham, Emily Leyborne, Lauren Webb, Megan Fan, Lizzy Main and Mrs Dorey. It then left school and flew to Ardmore Airport (for its helicopter servicing) carrying myself, Adam Mellin, Toby Elliot, Nataylia Butler, Carolyn Song and Abhishek Chawla. We were awarded a flight because we were the top fundraisers from Batten House for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter charity.
It was such an incredible experience to be able to fly over our school and see how large it truly is – it’s no wonder that parents, visitors and new Year 9s get lost so easily! We were very fortunate as the weather this year was magnificent. New Zealand may seem like a stunning country when you are on the ground but it is even more breathtakingly beautiful when you get a bird’s eye view of it.
This year, Batten House presented the Westpac Rescue Helicopter with a cheque of $11,000 – the most we have ever raised for this vital, life-saving charity. It is all thanks to Batten students, who raised money through movie nights, cupcake sales, car washes etc. as well as through our new tradition, the Batten Carnival.
The Westpac Rescue Helicopter Trust appreciates any donations that can be made. It is an important trust as it is often the difference between life or death for those in trouble. Remember: “Anyone. Anywhere. Anytime.”
Donations can be made to: http://rescuehelicopter.org.nz/
By Lianne Mellin