Thank you to everyone who supported our Major Raffle.Prizes were drawn yesterday at the Lismore 4WD Caravan Camping & Marine Show.Congratulations go to:
1st Drawn: A Brady - ticket no. 35844 - winner of a GIC Camper Trailer2nd Drawn: J Who – ticket no. 15297 – winner of a $2,000 grocery voucher3rd Drawn: R Coe – ticket no. 20068 – winner of a $1,000 fuel voucher
To claim your prize please contact us 02 6627 4444.
The Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter received a phone call recently from a small business in Townsend near Maclean, who said they wanted to give their support.
Little did Fundraising Manager Zeke Huish, who took the incoming call know that the voice on the other end of the line wanted to make a gift of significant proportion.
"Before making himself known the gentlemen on the phone said he wanted to make a donation on behalf of not only his business, but his staff who have helped to make the business what it is today" said Mr Huish.
East Coast Restorations business owners Colin & Christine Powell heard about the rescue helicopters End of Financial Year Appeal and wanted to make a donation like they have done for various community groups over the years. At a special presentation held inside the businesses contents processing factory where the team of 10 staff operate from, Colin announced that the business had made a $20,000 donation to help support the life saving work that the Service performs.
"Our staff spend a lot of time travelling on our regional roads as part of their work, and we know how often we have seen the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter attending emergencies so when we heard they needed help with their appeal we felt compelled to give our support" said Mr Powell.
"I hope our donation encourages other small and even big businesses to consider making a contribution to a Service that is there on hand to help anyone of us living in our region when its least expected".
The presentation was made to the Chief Crewman of the rescue helicopter service, Mr Roger Fry who commented "Every donation makes a vital difference to our Service and to have a small business like East Coast Restorations making a contribution like this in support of our Appeal is very generous".
"We know how tough it can be for small businesses to make a financial contribution and we truly can't thank Colin & Christine and their team enough for making this donation possible".
To give your support, contact the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter by phoning 6627 4444.
Image Attached: Colin Powell and his team together with Chief Crewman Roger Fry.
Staff from the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter made a special visit on Friday the 27th June to the Northern Co-operative Meat Company in Casino to pay tribute to the Company and its Staff who recently surpassed a major milestone in support.
The Company and Staff have being supporting the Service since the 1980's. During this time many of the Staff have been making contributions from their pay in support of the rescue helicopter service. For some it is because they have had a family member or close friend who has been in need of the Service, while for others they give with a view that it could be them or someone they know who might need it next.
This passion to support the Service has now seen the Staff fundraise over $1M in support. In addition to this the Company has been making ongoing contributions as well making it a true team effort to help keep the rescue helicopters flying.
The presentation was made to members of the staff and the Northern Co-operative Meat Company's Chairman John Seccombe by Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter Chief Crewman Roger Fry.
"The Company and its Staff have been a big part of our Service for many years and we have been very fortunate in being the recipient of their generous support". commented Mr Fry.
"To reach such an incredible milestone is a testament to their commitment to help ensure the region has the rescue helicopter service it has today". Said Mr Fry.
"We thank each and every staff member and the Company for playing such a vital role in helping us to save lives".
Image Attached: Chairman John Seccombe and members of the Staff with Chief Crewman Roger Fry.
The Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter is launching its annual End of Financial Year Appeal in May.
With the end of June fast approaching and tax return time nearly upon us, the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter is seeking your support to make a tax deductible donation that will help them save lives and make a difference to your tax return this year.
The Appeal has a goal to fundraise $150,000 in just 8 short weeks. This Appeal is one of three major appeals held by the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter each year and is vital to the ongoing operation of the Service.
Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter General Manager, Kris Beavis remarked “To help us save lives we need to reach out to the community and ask for donation support. We are acutely aware of the support we seek from our community, though it is this very support that ensures we can continue our life saving mission”.
“Every donation, no matter how big or small makes a vital difference to our Service”.
“The next life we save could be someone you know and it’s for this reason that we ask for everyone in our region to please consider making a financial commitment to our Appeal”.
To give your support visit our websites donation web page or drop into any Westpac Bank, Helicopter Op Shop, or phone 6627 4444 today.
Existing supporters will be receiving a copy of the attached letter over the coming days which details an amazing story about the day in life of aero-medical retrieval doctor, Dr Fiona Blackburn.
To watch the vision associated with this story CLICK HERE.
The Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter is delighted to have opened its latest Helicopter Op Shop in beautiful downtown Yamba.The rescue helicopter service now has six Op Shops throughout its flight region and has welcomed the support of over 60 volunteers who have registered to help get the new Yamba shop up and running.
Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter General Manager, Kris Beavis remarked 'The Shop is located in a great position in the Yamba CBD and we couldn't be happier with the way it has come together'.
'The support we receive from the Lower Clarence area is so vital and we trust the community embraces the Shop to help raise funds to ensure we can be on standby to help saving lives'.
If you have some unwanted goods at home you would like to donate, the shop accepts clean, saleable clothing items, shoes, books, bags and general bric-a-brac. The Shop cannot accept electrical goods or furniture.
Why not join in the fun at the Shop's grand opening taking place on Monday the 14th April with a BBQ from 10.30am-1.30pm.
The Shop is located at 20 Yamba St and is open Monday to Friday 9am-4pm and Saturdays 9am-12pm. For more information contacted the Shop on 6646 2779.
Westpac has recently launched its inaugural Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter Service (WLRHS) Schools Program, an educational resourcedesigned to teach 20,000 New South Wales primary school students the importance of not-for-profit emergency services to their local community.More than 40 schools across the state will participate in the learning program which includes three educational videos and in-classroom resources.
"We know how much children love the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopters, so this educational resource on the Service will really engagestudents while teaching them the importance of community organisations like them," said Jason Stephens, Westpac State General Manager, NSW Regional.
"While most people are aware of the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter Service, not very many people fully understand what they do.They're commonly known for patrolling our beaches, however their tireless work for the Australian community stretches far beyond the coast.They perform lifesaving missions on our roads, in the bush and during natural disasters such as fires and floods."
Westpac has supported the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter Service for more than 40 years, contributing to its rapid expansion from a single aircraftperforming beach surveillance and rescue, to a national operation made up of 16 helicopters flying from 13 bases.The Service also includes two rescue boats, based in the Northern Territory and Victoria.
"We're incredibly proud to partner with the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter Service and this program is a continuation of that support," said Mr Stephens.
The program's educational videos star crew members from Channel Seven's hit show, Air Rescue, and take students 'behind the scenes' of the base.From the names of the helicopters and safety equipment on board each aircraft, to preparing for a real mission and delivering a patient to hospital,students get a true sense of what happens on an average day at the base.
"We value the support of the community – without them, we wouldn't exist, so any chance we have to give Australian kids aninsight into what we do is really valuable," said Kris Beavis, General Manager of the northern NSW, Lismore based, Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter Service.
"We can't wait to meet students throughout our region and share with them what the Service means to us."
Each school that participates in the program will be given the chance to meet the crew of their local base in May, with program ambassador, Ky Hurst, making an appearance at select visits.
"Growing up on Gold Coast's beaches, I've often been comforted by the sight of the Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter flying overhead," said dual Olympian and Ironman legend, Ky Hurst.
"I'm excited to help spread the word about this vital community organisation to Aussie kids and look forward to meeting students over the next couple of months."
The national program will reach 50,000 Australian students across 118 schools over the next four weeks.
There are 14 schools in the Northern Region area participating in the program.
Our Service here in the northern NSW has now performed over 7500 missions since 1982, which means that there a lot of families throughout our community that have come in contact with the red & yellow rescue helicopters.
Have you been rescued by our Chopper?
If so, we'd love you to visit https://westpacrescue.com.au/Story#tellyourstory and share your story.
The region's very own Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter has been operating since 1982 and on the weekend flew its 7500th mission.
On late Sunday afternoon 16th February, the rescue helicopter was tasked to a motor vehicle accident near Karangi, west of Coffs Harbour where a car had left the road before colliding with a tree. The male patient was trapped in the vehicle and after being released by local emergency services, the rescue helicopter service flew the patient to the Gold Coast University Hospital.
While the 7500th mission milestone is not one for celebration given the number of lives affected and tragic circumstances over so many years; the Service would like to thank the community for helping to make it possible for the rescue helicopter service to respond when it has been needed most.
General Manager of the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter Service, Mr Kris Beavis commented "To perform 7,500 missions over a 32 year period shows just how vital and relevant the helicopter service is throughout our vast region".
“None of these missions would have been possible without the support of our community, volunteers, sponsors and of course the dedicated pilots, crew and staff over that time that have helped to save so many lives”.
After a record year in 2013 with over 390 missions being flown, the Service has another busy year ahead to fundraise nearly 70% of its $7M operating budget to make sure it continues to be on standby 24 hours a day for the next patient in need.
To give your support visit the Services website www.helirescue.com.au or contact them on 6627 4444.
1. photo taken from a field on the road side near the accident2. Photo of accident scene
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