Coastguard gifted two new jet skis

Raglan Volunteer Coastguard has had an extra boost in resources thanks to Waikato businesses Jim Wright Nissan, John and Glenice Gallagher Charitable Trusts, St. Lazarus Trust and Brian Perry Charitable Trust.Raglan-Jetski-LaunchTwo Yamaha jet skis have recently been sponsored by Jim Wright Nissan so the volunteer unit can carry out more of its vital work in the seaside town, while two new engines in Gallagher Rescue, the Coastguard’s 11 metre rescue vessel, have been sponsored by the John and Glenice Gallagher Charitable Trusts, St. Lazarus Trust and Brian Perry Charitable Trust.

The owner of Jim Wright Nissan, Jim Wright, says he was more than happy to contribute to such a worthy cause.

“The Raglan Volunteer Coastguard provide a valuable service to not only locals but also to the many people who visit Raglan every year. I’m proud to be able to provide sponsorship for these two jet skis so Raglan Coastguard can continue to do more of that important work,” he says.

The former local supports a number of Raglan community services and was thrilled to assist Coastguard with their work in the community.

Raglan Volunteer Coastguard president Wally Hawken says receiving a financial boost from businesses like Jim Wright Nissan, John and Glenice Gallagher Charitable Trusts, St. Lazarus Trust and Brian Perry Charitable Trust is a real blessing for the not-for-profit organisation.

“Without generous sponsorship such as this we would not be able to deliver the service our community not only needs but also deserves. So, thanks, Jim Wright Nissan, John and Glenice Gallagher Charitable Trusts, St. Lazarus Trust and Brian Perry Charitable Trust The Raglan community can now feel safer thanks to your help.”

Last month local kaumatua Paddy Kaa and Sean Ellison and Minister Rhonda Chung blessed the two new jet skis and new engines in the Gallagher Rescue in readiness for safe and successful emergency tasking.

Teresa Hancock

Raglan Volunteer Coastguard delivers search and rescue and breakdown assistance to recreational and commercial mariners on the west coast of the North Island.

The local unit is manned by dedicated volunteers from all walks of life. From seventh generation locals to visitors to the town, the team reflects Raglan’s diverse and vibrant community.

In addition to the rigorous training the unit undertakes continuously, individuals contribute their skills from a diverse range of professions, enabling the Raglan unit volunteers to cope with any eventuality.