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Northern NSW : Rescue - Summer 2014
In its 14th year, Ride for the Chopper showed no sign of slowing down with a mix of fresh and veteran fundraisers undertaking the challenge. In a blaze of red and yellow, participants were sent on their way by a blast of bagpipes from Glen Innes on the 650 km journey that took in Inverell, Bingara, Barraba, and Manilla before finishing in Tamworth on 19 September. Team members hailed from all over the state and also included some wheels from as far as Queensland and Victoria. Service Community Liaison Officer, Michael Wilson, said as well as a fundraising event Ride for the Chopper was an opportunity to get the Service involved in some of the communities along the way. ‘We encourage riders to explore each of the towns and have a look around, do a bit of fundraising and have fun,’ he said. ‘We were absolutely thrilled to raise a whopping $90,000 through the event. Importantly, all the funds raised stay locally to ensure that no one ever has to pay to be assisted by the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service.’ Northern Daily Leader Aprocession of trucks from Sandgate to Newcastle Foreshore kicked-off the 2014 Transport Awareness Day on Sunday 2 November to raise awareness of safe road use and the work of the transport industry. For 21 years Transport Awareness Day has supported the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service. Service General Manager, Richard Jones, said Transport Awareness Day is one of the Rescue Helicopter’s longest running and most valued events. Big trucks raise big bucks Ride for the Chopper draws scores of riders ‘ Turning 21 is a landmark for this event and we are grateful to have had the support of the Newcastle and Hunter Region Road Transport Awareness Group over this time,’ he said. ‘ Funds raised on the day make a significant difference to the lives of the people we are able to assist – no one has ever paid for assistance from the Rescue Helicopter because of the generosity of our community’. Newcastle and Hunter Region Road Transport Awareness Group Chairman, Peter Black, said this year’s event was a success. ‘ Every year we get some of the best presented trucks I’ve ever seen. Lots of families come down and it’s a really great day,’ he said. ‘I take my hat off to all the sponsors, volunteers and people in the community who make the day the success it is,’ said Peter. 12 Rescue Magazine SUMMER 2014
Rescue - Spring 2014