Thursday, 12 December 2019

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Music @ The Hangar to replace Concert in the Vines on summer calendar

The Coromandel Rescue Helicopter Trust (CRHT) is staging a brand-new summer event that will help the community to raise vital funds for the Auckland and Coromandel Westpac Rescue Helicopters while at the time enjoying a fun day out.

Music @ The Hangar will take place in the spacious surroundings of the rescue helicopter base at Crosby Field, Abrahamson Drive, adjacent to the Whitianga Airfield, on Saturday, 25 January (the Saturday of Anniversary Weekend).

“We know there will be a lots of people in Whitianga that weekend for the Whitianga Summer Concert, which is happening on the Sunday. This event is particularly aimed at families who want to enjoy some live music and entertainment in a relaxed setting,” said CRHT trustee and one of the organisers of the event, Jennie Turner.

The CRHT aims to bring together local performers, community groups and members of the other emergency services for the occasion. “The rescue helicopters hangar is actually a fantastic location for an event like this. There is a large covered area at the front of the crew house which will act as a stage. We have some fabulous locals who are volunteering their time to come along and entertain everyone. We suggest people bring along their picnic blankets or beach chairs and sun umbrellas, and get ready to relax and enjoy some great music,” Jennie said.

The idea for Music @ The Hangar came about after a decision was made to discontinue the Auckland and Coromandel Westpac Rescue Helicopters’ annual Concert in the Vines fundraiser. “Unfortunately, Concert in the Vines just wasn’t financially viable. It was a huge amount of work with significant costs, which meant very little money was raised to support the actual running of the rescue helicopter service. We are really delighted with our new concept. Music @ The Hangar will be accessible to everyone and will also provide the community an opportunity to come down and see the amazing rescue helicopter base that they made happen,” Jennie said.

“We are inviting other community groups to come along and run food stalls or sell soft drinks. Of course, people are also welcome to bring along their own picnic lunch. There will be kids’ entertainment and the Auckland Rescue Helicopter Trust has promised that one of their brand-new Leonardo AW169 helicopters will be at the event and the crew members will be available to chat and answer questions, subject of course to operational requirements,” Jennie said.

While there will be no gate charge, buckets will be circulated throughout the day for those attending to make a donation. “We are really looking forward to welcoming everyone on 25 January. We know how much the rescue helicopter service means to the residents of and visitors to the Coromandel and we have no doubt they will be out in force to support us on what is shaping up to be an awesome day of entertainment for all ages,” said Jennie.

The fun gets underway from 10:00am and will continue until around 3:00pm

Pictured: Crosby Field, the rescue helicopter base in Whitianga where Music @ The Hangar will take place on Saturday, 25 January.

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