Digging deep for charity
'TIS almost the season to be jolly and the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter Service is asking locals to dig deep and support the service this Christmas.
The service has launched its annual Christmas Appeal and is looking to raise more than $150,000 to ensure the service can continue its vital work within the community.
The service is free of charge to the community, but the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter Service needs to raise more than 60% of their annual $7m operating budget each year through donation support.
To help kick start their appeal, a Northern NSW website developer and business owner, Mark Heywood, from Catchy Pages Australia, made a special visit to give his support.
"When most people think of Christmas, spending time with family and friends comes to mind," Mr Heywood said.
"(Christmas is about) sharing food, having a drink, watching your loved ones open that special gift, reflecting on the year that was and planning the New Year ahead.
"This year Catchy Pages wanted to share the spirit of giving.
"We have worked closely with Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter and have seen firsthand the endless time and effort the dedicated team have put in to this great service.
"It's an awesome feeling to be able to give back to the community and to support a local organisation such as the Westpac helicopter," he said.
Fundraising manager Zeke Huish said the service was lucky to have such fantastic community support.
"As one of the region's local charities, we are fortunate to have the support of the community and small business owners like Mark who help support the life saving missions that we fly over the festive season," Mr Huish said
"Since we started in 1982, the rescue helicopters have been needed more and more each year and we hope people can spare a thought for us, like Mark has done, and support our Christmas Appeal".
Mr Huish said donations over $2 were tax deductible and "importantly all support stays right here in our region to help directly fund the Lismore-based operations".
To make a donation contact the service direct on 6627 4444 or donate online.