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Northern NSW : Rescue Winter15
No hollow effort Horse riders happy to contribute turned out in their droves in April for a scenic trek in the Upper Hunter. The great Sandy Hollow Horse Ride attracted 146 participants including volunteers on April 18 and at time of publication is assured of having raised $15,000. Hopefully that will increase as pending contributions filter in. Main organiser Mick Turner ‘took a few helpers and cut a track’ in early April in preparation for the event. The group assembled at the vacant block on Goulburn Drive and then followed Giants Creek Road before heading bush. Melon Creek was the picturesque site for breakfast before tackling the higher country and going ‘over the top’ into Wybong Valley for a barbecue lunch. The afternoon was a great journey into Sandy Hollow. For some the destination was even greater – the Tourist Hotel. Many participants stayed on to enjoy the two-piece band and relive a great day in the saddle. It was a well-organised event and thoroughly enjoyed by all. Treasurer’s gong tailor-made Congratulations to volunteer John Taylor who won Tamworth’s 2015 Community Volunteer of the Year. John has been a member of the Tamworth Volunteer Support Group for the past 15 years. Our friends at The Northern Daily Leader published a great article on the award on 16 May. ‘ The big prize went to John Taylor, who has worked tirelessly with the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service for 15 years and holds the position of treasurer of the Tamworth branch,’ the Leader reported. For his part, John said it’s a good way to get involved with the rest of the community. ‘Why sit on the couch if you can get up and help somebody else?’ A well deserved award. Congratulations John! The Nelson Bay Support Group hosted a trivia night on April18 at the Nelson Bay Golf Club and the event was a resounding success. The 18 tables each with eight prospective ‘eggheads’ challenged on multiple topics. The questions were prepared and presented by Ross Skinner who volunteered his time and was ably supported by two lovely helpers. Many topics were covered but the questions were constructed around a time four deacades ago to coincide with our 40th anniversary of the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service. A raffle and coin toss also injected some excellent funds into the cash pool, which helped raise a considerable amount on the night. An anonymous donation of $1,000 boosted the net total raised on the night to $3,660, which was a valiant effort by all concerned. A big thank you to Nelson Bay Golf Club for providing an excellent venue and to its staff for the assistance given in setting up and clearing away. Thanks also to Ross Skinner and helpers, and the fundraising Committee, all of whom were instrumental in the overall success of the trivia night. Inquisitive approach 12 Rescue Magazine WINTER 2015
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