The funds donated will be used to establish a new IFR (instrument flight rules) route into Wanaka, enabling rescue missions to be carried out for patients where poor visibility would otherwise preclude flying.
Rotary Club of Wanaka president Richard Wallace said the cropping competition is generously supported by the rural community, which will directly benefit from the funds raised.
“We want to make sure that our community is all the better for the effort that goes into this event,” he said.
“Supporting the helicopter trust and the rural support trust ensures that happens.”
Photos by Anna Munro