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Racing crabs shell out $6500 to Christmas appeal

CRABTASTIC: Heather Gall from the Hoey Moey with some of the hermit crabs that have given Russ Holland from the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter thousands of reasons to smile. Photo: Trevor Veale
CRABTASTIC: Heather Gall from the Hoey Moey with some of the hermit crabs that have given Russ Holland from the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter thousands of reasons to smile. Photo: Trevor Veale

A SCURRY of small crustaceans has made an investment in one of our most valuable community services.

The stars of the Hoey Moey's crab races, as well as participants in the hotel's Joker Poker run, have added $6500 to the coffers of the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter's Christmas Appeal.

The service's local spokesman, Russ Holland, said the ongoing support of businesses like the well-known Park Beach watering hole was invaluable.

"Having to fundraise over 60% of our $7 million operating budget each year is never easy," he said.

"We hope others in the community can join with the Hoey Moey and help before Christmas in support of our vital operation."

Mr Holland said the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter recently had one of its busiest weekends in a long time, performing seven missions across the 48-hour period.

The missions varied from helping to transfer patients between hospitals, performing a winch recovery off Mt Warning, assisting in two searches for people at sea as a result of overturned boats and assisting in the transfer of an injured trail bike rider in the Woodenbong area following a fall.

Chief crewman Michael Kerry said the missions occurred at all hours of the day, with the last mission being performed just before midnight on Sunday.

"It's busy periods like these that really highlight the importance of having a rescue helicopter service in our region," Mr Kerry said.

"Our pilots and crew are on standby 24 hours a day to provide assistance and thankfully, due to community donation support, our service could respond the way it did over the weekend."

To give your support to the Christmas Appeal go to www.helirescue.com.au or phone 6627 4444.

Topics:  coffs harbour fund raising hoey moey park beach westpace life saver rescue helicopter



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