The Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter's major raffle was drawn live this afternoon in front of a excited crowd at Lismore Central shopping centre. Plenty of onlookers were on hand keen to see if it was their winning ticket that made it first out of the barrel.
The raffle which started in July last year has travelled all across the region with rescue helicopter volunteers selling tickets in shopping centres, on CBD sidewalks, local markets and at events. In all, tens of thousands of tickets were sold to raise over $80,000 in support to help the rescue helicopter service to save lives.
Fundraising Manager for the rescue helicopters, Zeke Huish, commented "We've been so fortunate to have the tremendous support of the community with their purchase of raffle tickets."
"Our thanks go to everyone who has made the raffle a huge success and to our hard working volunteers who have given hundreds of hours of devoted time and energy to sell tickets right across our region".
Lismore Mayor Jenny Dowell was on hand to help draw the winning ticket which was ticket no. 55213 - D Buckly, who won a boat & trailer package thanks to the support of Disco Marine in Grafton. Second prize being a $2,000 grocery voucher was won by R Pullen - ticket no. 24727, while the third prize being a $1,000 fuel voucher was won by E Knight - ticket no. 06485.
PHOTO: Rescue helicopter volunteer Ken Jolley, Mayor Jenny Dowell and Lismore Central Manager David Griffiths.
Dick Smith Foods donates all our profits to charity. They have donated over $5.1 million so far and are committed to give away an additional $1 million in 2014 – and you get to help vote where the $1 million goes. If enough of our supporters participate, and nominate the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter, then we could well receive a donation.
For full details about the campaign visit www.dicksmithfoods.com.au.
To help support the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter with your next home loan, visit your local Westpac branch and nominate the Service as your charity of choice. Westpac will make a payment to our service at no extra cost to you as part of your approved home loan*.
Thank you for your support.
Major Sea Search and Rescue overnight: tasked by NSW Water Police after receiving a mayday call from a vessel taking on water in area between Ballina and Evans Head. The Westpac Rescue Helicopter commenced a search before last light in the stated area with no sightings of the vessel. After completion of the initial search area the aircraft returned to base for fuel and then was re-tasked to an area further south of Evans Head, this search was conducted at night using night vision googles after further information was received from NSW Water Police. The search was eventually called off at midnight to resume at first light.
At 5.30am the Rescue Helicopter was again in the air. During the early stages of the morning search a submerged vessel was located in the designated area, this resulted in the sighting of two persons clinging to a large white esky . Both males were wearing lifejackets at the time, within minutes of locating the two persons the Westpac Helicopter Crew winched the Water Rescue Crew member into the water to recover both survivors.
The Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter's crew chief, Roger Fry, was today awarded with a National Medal in recognition of his service to the organisation by Kevin Hogan MP, Federal Member for Page.
"I congratulate Roger for his long service to our community. Many people will know Roger personally, others may not, but there are only a few whose lives he hasn't touched in some way by his role with the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Service," Mr Hogan said.
The National Medal recognises long and diligent service by members of recognised government and voluntary organisations who risk their lives or safety to protect or assist the community in law enforcement or in times of emergency or natural disaster.
"Roger is one of those typical Aussie heroes who prefers to fly under the radar, but it is important to recognise the work he has done for our community and the lives he has helped save," Mr Hogan said.
Roger, who began his career with the Australian Air Force at the age of seventeen working as a safety officer, joined the Westpac aircrew on the Northern Rivers in 1996 and was promoted to Crew Chief two years later.
The staff, management and Board of Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter congratulate Roger on his outstanding achievement.
The Lismore-based Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter Service will be joining forces with the Hunter-based service in a tender to meet the Government's requirements, forming a 'super region'.
Under the new agreement, jobs and donations will remain within the local region and services will continue to operate as usual.
For more information you can view our media release in regards to this announcement made on the 2nd December at 1pm. View Media Release
In addition you can also view the tender fact sheets from both the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter (View NRHRS Tender Fact Sheet) outlining its pathway forward in the tender process and the tender fact sheet from the NSW Department of Health. View NSW Dept Health Tender Fact Sheet
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