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2019's Chopper Challenge Raised $27,579.30

We are incredibly grateful to everyone involved and all the donations received as you helped raise $27,579.30 for the Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter service. We had six individuals, fourteen teams and they biked, ran, rowed and walked the length of the country just over 27 times! A special thanks to Fulton Hogan and Findex Nelson for truly embracing our 50K a Day challenge, we have heard stories of competitiveness, soup, bliss balls and a lot of fun. On our final 50K a Day ride there was a lot of talk about just how lucky we were with the weather throughout May. It would have been incredibly tough if the weather gods weren’t on our side and we had weather like we have had so far in June. We have decided next year that we will run this challenge in March, lovely weather and more importantly, more daylight hours to enjoy your 50K a Day. See you all next year!

50K a Day for the Month of May 2019 Winners

Overall: Forging Foresters (Nelson Forests)

Congratulations to the Forging Foresters’ who have won the top prize of a Rescue SAM AED Defibrillator for their workplace.

Wellness in the Workplace Award: Living Safely (Fulton Hogan)

Kathmandu Hydrate Award: Findex Heliraisers


Individual Most Kilometres – Male: Jason Craig

Individual Most Kilometres – Female: Jacqui Keay

Individual Most Money Raised: Grant Kerr


Team Most Kilometres – Average per person: The 3 Borgs

Team Most Money Raised: Forging Foresters (Nelson Forests)

Team Most Money Raised Per Person on Average: Topzone

Run, Walk or Cycle 50km a day for the Chopper Challenge of 2020

Enter as an individual or as a team!

(Corporate, Social or Individual)

For 2020’s Chopper Challenge, we are encouraging businesses, friends, and individuals to complete 50 kilometres a day throughout the month of March for the Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter. Entrants can choose to either run, walk or cycle and can complete the challenge in teams or as individuals. By the completion of this challenge, each corporate team, social team or individual entrant should have completed 1550 kilometres. Interestingly, New Zealand is 1600 kilometres long!

Not only will you benefit your community but your overall wellbeing will thank you too!

Through Givealittle, teams can compare what other teams have raised … friendly competition for a great cause!

50k a day for the month of March is an amazing way to show support of your local rescue helicopter this Chopper Appeal. Not only will you benefit your community, but your overall wellbeing will thank you too! So what are you waiting for? Get your colleagues or friends together and 50k your way through the month of March.

Fundraising is an important part of 2020’s Chopper Challenge. Each team that enters will be competing to win the Chopper Cup. A series of prizes are up for grabs including a defibrillator for the workplace!

It’s as easy as walking around the Nelson Airport perimeter six days a week – you get one rest day! Or take to some of the amazing tracks around the region and get to see where we fly into and save lives.

Through Givealittle, teams can compare what other teams have raised – a bit of friendly competition for a great cause!


To enter, please fill out our form and either email to [email protected] or drop into Level 1, 204 Trafalgar Street, Nelson. Phone 03 547 7278 for more information.

Along with your form, please email us a photo of you or your team, .pdf corporate logo if applicable and we will set up your Givealittle page so you can start fundraising.

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