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A flying success . . . Timaru Host Lions member Russell Cowles (left) and president Adrian Hall presented Westpac Timaru bank manager Philippa Mackenzie with a donation of $3500 for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter last week. PHOTO: GRETA YEOMAN

by Greta Yeoman

Meat and money have brought in $3500 for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter, thanks to the Timaru Host Lions club.

Host president Adrian Hall said he was coming to the end of his presidential term and the Westpac fundraiser had been one of his “bucket list” plans.

“Mission accomplished,” he said.

The Lions club held a meat raffle earlier in the year to fundraise for the rescue helicopter fund, organised by Host Lions member Russell Cowles.

Mr Cowles said people all around the country had bought tickets for the raffle.

About 2500 tickets for the raffle had brought in the $3500 donation, along with other small cash donations from people as they bought tickets, Mr Cowles said.

Mr Hall said the group was “very grateful” for the Countdown and New World supermarkets in Timaru that had allowed them to host a stall selling tickets at their premises.

He also expressed his thanks to Farm Fresh Meats in Washdyke, which had donated the items for the meat raffle.

Mr Hall’s other “bucket list” fundraising wish had been for the Host Lions to fundraise for the soon-to-launch St John’s health shuttle, which was set to transport Timaru residents requiring essential medical and health-related appointments to as far away as Christchurch.

The Lions had donated $3000 to the shuttle scheme earlier this year, which Mr Hall was pleased to have achieved.