Northern Beaches school lands a special treat

SCHOOLCHILDREN last week braved the first blazing hot day of summer and held onto their hats as the RACQ CQ Rescue chopper touched down on their school oval.

The landing at Eimeo Road State School was part of Rescue Chopper Week, from October 14-20.

RACQ CQ Rescue has several special connections to the school - with the children of one of the pilots, an engineer and a crew member all students there.

Another significant link between the rescue service and the school is that last year the school's teacher librarian was rescued by the service after taking a fall while hiking at The Leap.

 

 

Helen Taylor said it was Father's Day 2018 when she decided to take a 'bucket-list' hike at The Leap and after slipping on some loose rocks she looked down to see her foot hanging at a right angle.

The RACQ CQ Rescue chopper was quickly on its way as there was no other way for emergency crews to reach her.

"Being winched up to safety and riding in a helicopter quickly became two other bucket-list events for me that day," Mrs Taylor laughed.

"The crew was just brilliant - so professional, so cool and so calm. I think they're amazing, what they do and under the circumstances they do it."

Mrs Taylor led the charge in collecting funds for the rescue service during Rescue Chopper Week and all the students have got on board, collecting more than $400 for the organisation.

"The kids here are all very much aware of my story and that is good because it gives a face to an important local charity. It spreads the word of the importance of RACQ CQ Rescue and they've been really excited to be involved," she said.



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