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Northern NSW : Rescue Spring 2016
Just a few short weeks ago more than 1,500 people came together at Newcastle Entertainment Centre for the annual ball to raise funds for those the Service helps. I was reminded several times during the evening by people who continue to support the Service that what brought them to fundraising events was that someone close to them had needed to be transported. It is putting a patient’s face to missions that brings the message of care home so powerfully. One such former patient is featured on our cover in this edition of Rescue. His story is special, of course, but it reminds us of all those others who have needed the Service when ill or injured. During the past few months there has of necessity been a focus on new aircraft and new bases as we move to a new era but our priority always remains on people. As many of you know two of the new aircraft have arrived and are being fitted out. They will be used for the intense training that pilots and crews need to be sure that when they come into Service next year, the change over from older aircraft is seamless. New aircraft have always attracted much attention. When we moved from single engine aircraft to twin engine there was understandable fanfare as there was when our redeveloped base at Broadmeadow was opened and the first aircraft arrived at the new Tamworth base. But all this ‘noise’ is really about reminding the wider community that it is only with their support that people in need can be helped. Thank you to each of you. Richard Jones CEO The face of people in need Helping to strengthen Australia’s oldest corporate sponsorship arrangement Westpac CEO, Brian Hartzer, made a special trip to the Service’s Tamworth headquarters on 15 July, his first visit to a base. ‘ We are all about helping, ’Mr Hartzer said. ‘ Helping the economy grow and helping Australians be successful, and the Rescue Helicopter is also all about helping. So, it’s totally aligned.’ During the site tour Mr Hartzer met with Rescue Club member Tamara Ferguson. Ms Ferguson was involved in a head-on collision in January 2014 near Glen Innes, fracturing an arm and a leg and sustaining abdominal injuries. The Rescue Helicopter transferred Tamara from Armidale to Tamworth hospital where she underwent nine surgeries during a three-month period. ‘ I wouldn’t have been able to have any of that if the chopper didn’t pick me up. It really is a lifesaving service.’ Ms Ferguson is now a volunteer with Tamworth’s Volunteer Support Group. Well aligned Westpac CEO Brian Hartzer, Service CEO Richard Jones and volunteer Tamara Ferguson. Photo courtesy of The Northern Daily Leader 2 Rescue Magazine SPRING 2016
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