This past week pilot Matt Boulcott was presented with a service award during the celebrations of 25 years of Westpac Rescue Helicopter saving lives. So we asked Matt to tell us a bit more about the context in which the award was given as well as share with us about his life and faith:

We had a 25 year anniversary of the sponsorship from Westpac bank for the Rescue helicopter. As part of this, I was recognised for my service for the Christchurch rescue helicopter. I have been with the service for three years with my first assignment being flying a helicopter to Vanuatu to aid with the relief effort following cyclone Pam. I stayed there for a few months before returning to Christchurch to take up a full-time role on the Westpac rescue helicopter.
I’m happily married to Emily, with two awesome kids Blake and Lucia, and fellowship at the Bishopdale church.
I spend most of my spare time racing mountain bikes throughout New Zealand and Australia which is a huge passion of mine. I have a great deal of faith and trust in God for guidance and security. My job as a rescue pilot was nothing less than an answer to prayer. These experiences have shown me to “Trust in the Lord and he will give you more than you could ever imagine”. My favourite verse is “trust in the Lord with all your heart, lean not on your own understanding in all your ways acknowledge him and he will direct your path” Proverbs 3:5.

Editor’s note: Canterbury Westpac Helicopter is a charity. You can partner with them by donating, volunteering or fundraising.