Nelson Leader : April 17th 2014
These two bought a zoo p6 THURSDAY, APRIL 17, 2014 To the rescue: Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter crewman Paul Bryant, back, with two eager heroes Jackson Slattery and Lennox Stevenson, right. Tia Muddle, left, will be a judge to help pick the best four children dressed as their favourite hero at the Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter Open Day. Best dressed will fly I s it a bird? Is it a plane? No it’s a child dressed as their hero or favourite emergency service worker. Four children who dress up as their star or the emergency service worker they like best could win themselves a ride in the Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter. The competition is run as part of the helicopter base’s open day on May 4. Trust general manager Paula Muddle says with wet weather forecast for the upcoming school holidays working on a costume would make a great project. ‘‘In the past we have had some fantastic entries. With kids that have taken the initiative and got cardboard boxes and made them into replica helicopters.’’ The competition is for primary school and pre-school children and with such a great prize up for grab, Paula says judges are expecting kids to get creative, put some effort in and have fun. ‘‘We are saying come as your favourite emergency service worker or whoever you think is your hero.’’ The best dressed four children will win a ride in the rescue helicopter, and if they live or go to school close by the pilot might even be able to buzz over their home or school, Paula says. The base open day is an annual event and a way for the public to come and see over the helicopter, the base and meet some of the people who work on it. ‘‘The Rescue Helicopter is based there 24 hours a day seven days a week. This is the one day we can open the doors and people can come and see what it’s about,’’ Paula says. ‘‘It’s a really good opportunity for people who have been rescued throughout the year to come and say thanks. For the kids there is every emergency service there. If they are into helicopters, fire engines or ambulances this is the day to come to.’’ Paula says previous years have attracted 3000 to 4000 people to Photo: MARION VAN DIJK the base over the four hours it is open. There is a winch demonstration planned at 12pm and the children’s dress up competition will be judged at 1pm. Scenic helicopter flights will be put on the day for $60, but for four kids who get creative it will be free. Entry to the base is by gold coin donation. ●Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter base open day. Sunday, May 4, 11am to 3pm. 5 McLaren Drive, Nelson Airport.
April 10th 2014