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RNZAF Parachutists supporting the Community

10 March 2009

Supporting the community will see members of the Royal New Zealand Air Force Parachute Training Support Unit in for a busy couple of weeks.

This weekend, Saturday 14 March, kicks off with Jump Start, a charity event that sees teenagers from CanTeen and Project K given the chance to complete a tandem skydive.

The primary role of PTSU is parachute instruction for members of the New Zealand Army and RNZAF, but Commanding Officer for PTSU Squadron Leader Darryn Pritchard says it is great to also work with the local community and support such a worthwhile cause.

“These kids have faced a number of challenges and it is great to give them the chance to do something out of the ordinary."

“Before the jump there are a few nerves, but afterwards there are these wide smiles and the kids get such a confidence boost,” says SQNLDR Pritchard.

The following weekend, Saturday 21 March, will be the Air Show at Whenuapai and a chance for the parachutists who make up the display team, Kiwi Blue, to showcase their skills to a wide audience.

With their ‘Air Force’ emblazoned parachutes and coloured smoke the parachutists will make a spectacular entrance.

“The team love performing, especially in front of the people who support us throughout the year and when it is on our own turf it is extra special,” says SQNLDR Pritchard.

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For more information please contact Anna Sussmilch, Defence Communications Group on 04 496 0286 or 021 676 338.

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