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Northern NSW : Rescue Winter15
Fearless leaders Richard Jones and Chad Griffith kept their nerves and in true super-hero style leapt from Rydges in Port Macquarie on 17 April. They were joined by a number of other Mid North Coast leaders. The event raised more than $25,000 for the Service with Richard personally raising $3,816. Our photo shows Sue Cannon from the Port Macquarie News. Sue said she was really nervous but proud to have completed the leap. No word from any of the participants if they intend taking up abseiling as a new recreation, but the thinking is probably not. Leaping for life The Westpac Rescue Helicopter made a special visit to the Coal Festival as part of the community day held at Civic Park in Singleton on 14 March. The Helicopter formed part of a co- ordinated simulated operation with Coal Services Mines Rescue team and NSW Ambulance Paramedics. ‘M ining not only provides significant employment to the Hunter Region,’ Mr Jones said, ‘but the industry is a great supporter of the Rescue Helicopter, especially through the generosity of workers’ wage deductions. ‘In turn, we are proud of the confidence it provides to miners and the wider community to always be there in times of need,’ he said. Undertaking more than 1,000 flights every year the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service is well aware of the ‘six degrees of separation’ factor. Members of the public are always keen to swap tales with the crew because they either know personally, or through friends, of people who have been rescued. Service values coal sector One of the Westpac Rescue Helicopter’s most successful fundraising events celebrated its 20th anniversary in March. The Wests Cycle Classic is a premier event on the Hunter’s mountain bike calendar and a field of more than 30 riders plus support crew embarked on the 500km, seven day ride that toured Urunga, Bellingen, Nambucca Heads and South West Rocks on the NSW Mid North Coast. Over the past 20 years the ride has travelled through regions that know only too well the benefits of having a dedicated aeromedical service. As part of the fundraising efforts this year the riders also visited a number of schools to help educate the students on the work of the Rescue Helicopters and bicycle safety. Ride captain Bernard Corbett said each year a dedicated group puts in an outstanding physical and fundraising effort. The Wests Cycle Classic is sponsored by Wests, Pacific National, Centennial Coal, Quarry Mining, Orica and Coal Services. Wheels turn for 20th year Service General Manager Richard Jones also participated in a special forum organised by the Hunter Business Chamber. Photo thanks to Bob Mackie. 18 Rescue Magazine WINTER 2015
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