Here’s your chance to help save lives
IF YOU were first on the scene of a major accident or emergency, you'd be forgiven for feeling a bit helpless or overwhelmed given most of us are not highly trained to handle such dramatic situations.
It's important to know services such as the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service are available in our region to help, but not being fully funded means they are seeking your help.
Each year the service needs to raise more than $4million to keep the rescue helicopters flying and saving lives in our local communities across northern New South Wales.
To help the service reach its target, The Coffs Coast Advocate will this Saturday insert 32,300 donation envelopes into the paper.
It comes as the service launches its annual end-of-financial-year appeal.
Your donation will help people such as air crew member Mick Kerry, who started in 1992 and is the longest serving member of the team, to respond when the worst has happened.
"It's no surprise that this kind of role means you'll see a lot of tragic circumstances first-hand," Mr Kerry said.
"No two missions are ever the same; sometimes though it's the unexpected emotions you experience that can catch you by surprise," he said.
"Knowing that if it wasn't for all the fundraising and community support, we wouldn't have been able to fly nearly 8000 missions to date makes being part of the rescue helicopter service a very rewarding experience and a job like no other."
The story of the rescue helicopter has been possible only because of donations.
To give to the appeal before June 30 use the specially marked donation envelope inside Saturday's paper or contact the Lismore helibase on 6627 4444 or visit helirescue.com.au.