Will you go the extra mile this MayDay?

Each year Coastguard volunteers bring more than 6400 people home safely to their families thanks to the hours of training and the specialised boats and equipment they use. This training and equipment comes at a cost though and Coastguard needs support from kiwi’s and communities around the country to help meet these costs.

May sees the beginning of Coastguard’s annual MayDay appeal, calling for donations to help volunteers like the team at Coastguard Tutukaka continue to go the extra mile and save lives at sea.

Coastguard is a charity and only receives 12 percent of its funds from the government.

“The remaining 88 percent of our funding comes from supportive organisations and individuals who recognise the importance of the work our volunteers do on the water, in the air and on land,” says Mr Holmes.

“Search and Rescue work comes with great responsibility, and the rigorous training our volunteers dedicate themselves to, ensures they meet the incredibly high standards in our structured training programme.

“When members of the public give to Coastguard’s MayDay appeal, they are directly helping to ensure our volunteers can keep training and saving lives at sea,” says Holmes.

Coastguard’s annual MayDay Appeal kicks off on 1 May and runs through to 31 May. Click here for fundraising ideas and how to donate.

  • This is Coastguard’s seventh annual MayDay Appeal
  • This year Coastguard New Zealand will spend over $500,000 on courses, qualifications and practical exercises for our volunteer crews
  • Coastguard has more than 2200 active volunteers on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
  • In 2016, Coastguard received more than 280,000 radio calls
  • Coastguard volunteers gave over 300,000 hours of their own time to saving lives at sea last year



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