Article published in The Wellington, by Jacob Beleski
Photo caption: Westmount School students Hadleigh Witty and Olivia Griffiths present the money raised to Life Flight Trust representative Sherry Herrick.
The Life Flight Trust has been rewarded for its outstanding work in communities around New Zealand by a Westmount School fundraising campaign.
The school in Johnsonville, with a roll of only 81 students, raised $6322.19 for the trust through various fundraising events, local business contributions, donations and a Givealittle page.
School prefect Hadleigh Witty (17) said they looked at several charities before deciding on Life Flight because of its impressive reach, not only in Wellington but all around NZ. “Life Flight has touched so many people in its many years, carrying out both its essential air ambulance service and its life-saving rescue helicopter.”
With an initial goal of $5000, the students exceeded their own expectations of the project.
Donations from people around the Wellington and Lower Hutt areas were gathered to get the wider community involved and this had contributed almost $2,000.
“We were hoping that if our success was shared through the community, it might inspire others to help out this amazing charity, or indeed, any organisation dedicated to helping those in need,” Witty said.
Life Flight partnerships and development manager Sherry Herrick said it was thrilled when Westmount School got in touch. “We were impressed with the initiative and felt touched that we were picked for the work we do.”
Every dollar raised would help Life Flight continue flying - and people in the community get to the best possible medical care, she said.
Herrick said it may have been chosen because there was a chance its service had touched students and staff directly or indirectly over the years. “Life Flight has helped more than 26,000 people since we began. It’s nice that they have recognised the positive impact we have on their community.”