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Northern NSW : Rescue Winter 2016
Faces of 40 years 'Life is so precious in our region. Nowhere around the world do we have such a community-based service that helps save so many lives.' Jon Chin is a former ClubsNSW State Councillor. ClubGRANTS has supported the Rescue Helicopter since 2002 with the region's registered clubs collectively donating more than $730,000. OVER THE PAST 40 YEARS THE SERVICE HAS HAD THE HONOUR OF WORKING WITH AND ASSISTING THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE. IN A SPECIAL SERIES, WE ARE HIGHLIGHTING JUST A HANDFUL OF THESE IMPORTANT PEOPLE IN THIS OUR 40TH YEAR. WE ARE PLEASED TO INTRODUCE SOME OF THEM TO YOU IN THIS ISSUE OF RESCUE. 'We are in awe of the amazing work of the hospital staff at Wyong and at John Hunter Hospital, and of course the lifesaving efforts of the Service.' Mum, Melissa. In 2013, two and a half year old Lucas Burrows became seriously ill after contracting meningococcal. The Service quickly transferred him from Wyong Hospital to John Hunter Hospital. 'We were told a private flight would cost $14,000 -- thank goodness the Rescue Helicopter came to our aid. I asked, what can I do? They said, start a support group and help us save more lives -- so that's what I did.' Betty Mayers' 11 month old granddaughter suffered a life threatening epileptic seizure and was flown from Taree to John Hunter Hospital. Soon after Betty formed the Taree Volunteer Support Group -- that was 21 years ago. A gift that keeps giving Jono Phelps is a cotton grower from Wee Waa -- and a very generous fellow. The Spring Plains Ball Committee member recently celebrated his 60th birthday and instead of receiving customary gifts from friends and family, suggested donations to the Rescue Helicopter. Helping to round out the collection Jono gifted $5,000 making his 87 year old mum,Thelly, even prouder. Happy Birthday Jono! Proud mum Thelly and son Jono Phelps 'I hoped that I would never need the Service but I thank God it was there. I wouldn't be here otherwise.' Steve McNab was crushed in an underground mining accident near Broke. He is now a member of the Rescue Club. 21 Rescue Magazine WINTER 2016
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