Auction gives rescue unit R80?000 boost

2014-05-30 00:00

DURBAN’S embattled volunteer rescue unit was itself rescued yesterday for at least another year of life-saving operations as the city’s rugby, horse racing and aviation communities came together in support.

At a breakfast featuring rugby greats Gary Teichmann, John Allan and Springbok selector Ian McIntosh — and supported by The Witness — over R80 000 was raised for Rescuetech, whose total bank balance recently dropped below R3 000.

The 10 volunteer members of the unit — including businesspeople who are qualified as paramedics and technical rope climbers — have performed 34 rescues and recoveries in the past two years.

In addition to rare rugby memorabilia, pilot instruction and luxury game lodge accommodation, the co-ownership of a two-year-old racehorse, Travilla, was auctioned at the event at Greyville race course.

Addressing a crowd of 130, Teichmann described the unit’s exploits as “amazing”.

An emotional Jon Sargood, chairperson of Rescuetech, said: “I am just overwhelmed at the generosity we’ve seen — this event alone means we will be fully operational for at least a year or two. Please know we will be there for you.”

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