May 5th, 2011
Around New Zealand, plus here in Nelson, May is the month we celebrate the special thing that is the ubiquitous “Rescue Helicopter.”
In our local case, Summit have sponsored the local Summit Rescue Helicopter Service for some years now.
This time, though, its different.
To celebrate this and the helicopter services of 20 years of community care and help, a special type of fundraiser has been organized.
Entitled the “20 Summits for 20 Years.” its aim is to involve even more locals than last year.
And the relevance of what the event is about shouldn’t be easy to pass up on all the hikers, mountain bikers, trampers, climbers, etc that live locally.
Together with the Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter Trust, we’ve created the 20 Summit Challenge, to celebrate the Trust’s 20 years of operation. This is designed for everyone. Whether people are regular or professional hikers, families keen for a good walk in the outdoors, sports clubs wanting a way to get fit, or businesses wanting to take their team out together, this is a chance for locals to acknowledge the incredible work the Summit Rescue Helicopter has done in our region for 20 years, and to help raise funds for this valuable community service.
I’m challenging you to complete all 20 Summits by the end of 2011.
And just in case you needed to be reminded that we are surrounded here by National Parks, the list of 20 Events covers;
Centre of NZ, Grampians, Mt Arthur Fringed Hill, Richmond Lookout, Wither Hills, Marsden Valley, Parachute Rocks, Mt Duppa, Cable Bay, Sharlands Hills, Ben Nevis, Mt Robert, Third House, Gordon’s Pyramid, Abel Tasman, Fringed Hill, Tantragee, Mt Lodestone and Dunn Mountain
Again in case you weren’t familiar with some of these spots, including aforementioned “peaks” hopefully some of these links will assist.
Spread out over (“….you need recuperation time?”) the next four months to give everyone an ideal opportunity to work around other events in their lives, its really a great effort by all involved…..and overall the money raised is going to such a good cause, one that any local will tell you so.
Last year over $70,000 was raised locally, both by collectors like myself on the day and other local events, so the bar has been set to be well and truly raised in 2011.
Nice to see that our branch in Stoke contributed the most per capita, and collected the highest per staff member.
In 2011 too, like 2010 I’ll be looking out for you on the streets of Stoke later in the month with my collectors bucket!
Along with major sponsor Summit Real Estate, and supporting sponsors,
the overall programme wants all local residents to feel invited to help fundraise by walking, hiking or biking together through our beautiful region, perhaps to see something on your own back door step that you’d just never had the time for.
This time, now there’s an excuse, and a good one.
Step up to the plate, take the challenge, and to all those that finish all 20 events in 2011, as the website here explains, you’ll get one of these fantastic shirts too.
To keep up to date with the various events progress, you can log on to the Facebook page here too.
Did you know you can actually track the Summit Rescue chopper live? Head on over here to see for yourself.
Although I only found out about this today courtesy of the flyer in my inbox, it seems the Nelson Mail beat me to the punch in getting the word out. (a case of “May the 4th be with you“)
Site – http://www.20summits.co.nz