Uplifting: Throwing down the fundraising challenge are (from left) Frances Cain, Zeke Huish, Matt Harrison and Luke Brereton.
Uplifting: Throwing down the fundraising challenge are (from left) Frances Cain, Zeke Huish, Matt Harrison and Luke Brereton. Bruce Thomas

Support for rescue helicopter

COFFS Harbour’s Handybin Waste Services staff has thrown down a challenge to other firms to help the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter.

As many as 15 Handybin employees have signed up to give weekly donations to the service and they see no reason why others can’t do the same.

“Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter has saved so many lives in our region and our employees are all local people that have a heart for our community,” said Handybin regional manager Lee Beckett.

“Setting up the payroll deduction system was simple and I believe there are many local businesses in Coffs Harbour that could help out this great, non-profit service by doing the same thing.”

Handybin worker Glenn Sticker said because the weekly donations were deducted prior to his wage being banked, it was a much easier way for him to contribute.

“If local workers donated a couple of dollars a week from their wages they wouldn’t even notice it,” he said.

“Think of it this way – just giving up a cup of coffee or a middy of beer each week and donating that money to the rescue helicopter could help save someone’s life.”

Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter’s fundraising officer Zeke Huish said the service wanted to raise an extra $1 million this year.

“Our payroll deduction program is a simple way for individuals and businesses to help the rescue helicopter continue to save lives across the region,” Mr Huish said.

“With the escalating operational costs and demands for our services, these contributions from Handybin’s employees give a real boost to our fundraising drive.”

For more information, contact Mr Huish on 0431 266 291.



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