An event this weekend is aiming to help the Southland Charity Hospital gain some air.
The Gore Aero Club will hold a fundraising Fly-In on Saturday at the Gore Airfield.
Committee member John Ibbotson said the event aimed to combat perceived deficiencies of the heath system.
“This is one way we as a group of people and as an aero club can get together and gather some money to pass on to [the hospital].” Mr Ibbotson said.
“Come along and invest in your future and donate to the charity hospital.”
Entry fees and donation buckets would help raise funds, and food sale proceeds would also be donated.
“It’s a day where we’re going to rob people of as much money as they can give over to us.”
Pilots would compete against each other in various events during the Fly-In.
These included precision landings and sand-bomb target competitions.
“They will all be good to watch.”
Many people had expressed interest in the event.
“We’re gathering together as many aircraft as we can from around Southland and Otago and perhaps even further afield.”
Pilot and author Rod Hall-Jones would attend the event.
In case of bad weather the day will be postponed, first until Sunday, then until March 27.