Rescue chopper needs your help
THE Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter has its annual community appeal day - Rescue Day - coming up on Friday, August 14.
Rescues can come in many forms, from a dramatic winch recovery off a sinking boat, emergency transport at night from a car accident on a quiet country road, or even a flight from a small regional hospital to a large metropolitan hospital to reach urgent specialist care.
The rescue helicopter is on standby 24 hours a day to help rescue people from all walks of life.
On Rescue Day, the service is asking for the community to help 'rescue' it with donation support so it can continue to be there to help save lives across our region.
As a local charity, the Westpac rescue chopper performs on average more than seven missions a week and needs to fundraise at least $4 million each year to keep its operations flying.
Fundraising manager Zeke Huish said public support was crucial.
"When people donate in support of Rescue Day, they are making themselves a big part of the rescue and are helping us to give hope to the patients we fly," he said.
"I can tell you first-hand that when I see a patient being loaded on a stretcher into a rescue helicopter at the helibase, it's humbling to think of the many people who have contributed in so many ways to help make that next flight possible.
"Rescue Day is also our chance to say thank you to the community for the valuable role that they play in ensuring that the rescue helicopters can be there when it counts."
There will be stands across the region on Rescue Day selling merchandise such as propeller hats, helicopter calendars and money boxes.
For more information on how your workplace or friends can be part of Rescue Day and hold your own fundraiser, visit www.rescueday.com.au.