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Crowd-funding Campaign Launched For Rooftop Helipad at Christchurch Hospital

On Saturday 3 March Māia Health Foundation launched a campaign to crowd fund $500,000 for a future-proof rooftop helipad and clinical support unit at Christchurch Hospital. Rātā Foundation will match dollar for dollar what the community gives, meaning $1 million could be raised in six weeks.

Christchurch Hospital is New Zealand’s busiest trauma centre and the only major hospital without a helipad on site. In addition, the use of helicopters for emergencies and patient transfers has increased approximately 40% over the last three years. Christchurch and the South Island need a helipad that will cope with current and future demand for this service.

Currently, it takes 13 minutes on average to transfer by ambulance to Christchurch Hospital, after landing in Hagley Park. A larger helipad and purpose built rooftop clinical support unit will mean critically unwell patients receive emergency hospital care immediately on touchdown, and a quicker transition to full care for routine transfers. For the neonatal unit, it will quicken the pickup and unloading of a neonatal incubator by up to an hour on a round trip.

Michael Flatman, Māia Health Foundation Chief Executive says “Māia Health Foundation want to help get hospital care to patients 13 minutes quicker – if we reach our $500,000 target and Rātā Foundation match it, we’ll be $1 million closer to providing the enhanced services Christchurch Hospital needs.”

The crowd funding campaign appropriately named ‘13 Minutes’  features real people and clinicians who know first-hand the difference receiving emergency care immediately on touchdown would mean. The ‘13 Minute’ campaign was kicked off at Paparoa Street School on Friday morning, where campaign hero William Coughlan, 500 of his fellow classmates and Māia Health Foundation Ambassador, Jason Gunn created a giant number 13 to raise awareness for the campaign. Over the course of six weeks Māia Health Foundation is encouraging schools, service groups, businesses and families to support the campaign and give what they can to this much needed asset for Christchurch.

Of their support Leighton Evans, Rātā Foundation Chief Executive says  “Rātā Foundation is excited to be delivering a unique partnership model with the Māia Health Foundation. It’s an incredible opportunity to support a cause that will impact the lives of so many, and together with our community, we feel privileged to be part of bringing the future-proofed rooftop helipad to Christchurch Hospital.”

Donations can be made before Saturday 14 April online.

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Image caption: On Friday Paparoa Street School students and Māia Health Foundation Ambassador, Jason Gunn launched the campaign by creating a giant number thirteen on the school field.

About Māia Health Foundation

Māia Health Foundation is a charitable trust, launched in May 2016 to enhance health services, reaching both into the CDHB and out into the community.

Māia’s fundraising targets are bold and ambitious – taking Canterbury’s health service on its transition from good to great with two vital projects for Christchurch’s new hospital building: a larger roof top helipad and enhancements to the children's facilities. 

For more information and high-res images please contact:

Sophie Dale

+64 224 303 714  

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