About the rescue run
5 years ago, event organiser Mark Cathro lost his mother. She collapsed after having trouble breathing and in that instance the St Johns ambulance took 45 minutes to arrive. It had to go from Cambridge via Waikato Hospital to drop off another patient. Then onto Te Awamutu, and finally to his mother. She pulled through, but a few months later, during an operation she wasn’t so lucky.
When Mark was approached by the Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust asking if he could help them in their constant battle to raise money, he had a personal experience of just how important their service is and knew he was in a unique position to make a difference. 8 months later, he presented the Rescue Run concept, offering to produce the whole thing off his own back. After a couple of false starts - The Rescue Run was finally born.
There’s something amazing about helping people; here’s your chance to get behind the people who do it every day. It costs the chopper an average of $5000 for every flight so you could say $5000 saves a life. That’s what we’re asking every team to raise for the run, so the next time you look up to see the chopper flying overhead you’ll quietly know that you played a huge part in that person’s life.
What are you waiting for? Check out the course and your team pages, get excited and get involved.