Canterbury’s coastguard volunteers are sending out a mayday call during their annual fundraising appeal. The two-week appeal, which began last week, aims to raise funds to support the coastguard’s volunteer programme, ensuring the charity can continue its work saving lives at sea. A gala day was held as part of the Coastguard’s annual Mayday fundraising appeal at Coastguard Canterbury on Saturday 5th May.
Christchurch residents got an insight into the city’s water rescue operations held at Naval Point in Lyttelton. Events included boat rides, tours of the coastguard’s lifeboats and a flyover from a coastguard air patrol plane.
Training each volunteer costs about $34 a week. The coastguard southern region has 301 volunteers, including 85 in Canterbury. Donations from the appeal will be used to support its volunteer programme.
Donations to the Mayday appeal can be made at Mitre 10 or by pressing the ‘donate now’ button above.
(courtesy of “Stuff.co.nz”)
Pic – Coastguard Skipper Dean Verlander with Burgundy Brown and Sky Carson