An Enfield family that knows the value of the Otago Regional Rescue Helicopter Trust is selling a bull for it.
Rose and Neil Sanderson farm in the hill country behind Ngapara. When they hold their annual Fossil Creek Angus bull sale there on June 15, the proceeds from Lot No. 47 will be given to the trust.
Mrs Sanderson said the bull could make $5000 or $6000. She hoped it would be the latter, if a buyer who appreciated the charitable cause was prepared to make a generous bid.
The helicopter had been called to the Ngapara farming community several times in the last four years, Mrs Sanderson said.
Once was after a rider fell off a horse and broke 10 bones; another involved a farm manager who was hit in the temple by a gate in cattle yards; and once was when a young farm worker was driving on the wrong side of a rural road and collided with an oncoming vehicle, giving him multiple fractures.
The advantage of flying injured people to Dunedin Hospital immediately, not waiting for road-based services, could not be underestimated, she said.
This year’s sale is the 17th held in the Sandersons’ on-farm sale ring. The donation to the helicopter trust would be publicised widely, including on the cover of the sale catalogue.