Editorial-Saturday, June 14:A few bucks helps them to help us

YOU'RE riding a horse, testing bike trails in the bush, going for a surf, playing footy or simply taking the family for a leisurely afternoon drive.

Of course you take all possible care but as we all know accidents do happen, so what are you going to do when disaster strikes?

For thousands of people living in the state's north-east, salvation has come from above via the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter.

The service has repeatedly proven the difference between life and death but is now seeking a lifeline itself.

It needs your financial support - about $5 million a year - to stay in the sky so when the next accident happens it can be there as quickly as possible to render the assistance that gives us all a second chance at life.

Just as we have come to rely on it, the service relies on us to make up the shortfall in government funding.

The good news is if we all pitched in none of us would have to dig deep. For the cost of a packet of smokes, a few beers or coffees we would secure the future of the service.

We'd all like to hope we will never need it to come to our rescue but a few dollars here and there is surely a reassuring insurance policy for when the unexpected happens.

Graeme Singleton,
Editor



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