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Northern NSW : Rescue Spring 2016
The Gwydir Valley Cotton Growers Association has once again dug deep for the Rescue Helicopter despite many challenges in the cotton industry. With strong support from the Moree community the organisation’s annual charity dinner in July is a big fundraiser and a $13,000 donation was recently presented as a result of last year’s event. Lou Gall from the growers said the Service provided a vital service to regions such as the Gwydir Valley and the cotton industry was proud to be a regular supporter. Community Liaison Officer Jeff Galbraith and Lou Gall Our community Cottoning on Beside the seaside Newcastle’s spectacular coastline provided the perfect backdrop for an afternoon beside the sea for the Hunter Ladies High Tea event at Merewether Surfhouse on 26 June. The event was emceed by cooking celebrities Carly and Tresne with the Service’s Air Crewman Graham Nickisson providing an informative talk about the Rescue Helicopter. The annual event was again supported by local businesses and people who kindly donated prizes for the raffle and auctions which helped to raise $9,200. Next year’s event will be held at the same spectacular venue on 7 May. Mustang owners say they truly appreciate the value of the Rescue Helicopter after it assisted one of their own. In memory of sadly missed club member David Francis, Newcastle-based representatives from the Mustang Owners Club of NSW presented a $1,000 cheque to help keep the Service in the air. The group then toured the Broadmeadow base and enjoyed the opportunity to get a closer look at one of the rescue choppers. The newly established Forsyths Foundation recently presented the Service with a cheque for $5,000. Mark Slack-Smith, Principal at Forsyths Tamworth, made the presentation at the Rescue Helicopter’s New England-North West base. Forsyths’ employees formed the foundation donating a small amount each week from their pay to support local charities. In recognition of its work the Service was chosen as the first major beneficiary. Mustangs’ support Financial service Jeanette Francis and Hazel Tillman present their donation to the Service’s Marketing Manager Chad Griffith and Community Liaison Officer Adam Tyrrell with Air Crewman Nathan Langham behind the wheel (L-R) Regional Marketing Manager Lisa Thomas, Air Crewman Owen Yabsley, Pilot Mick O’Grady and Forsyths Principal Mark Slack-Smith Guests enjoying high tea time 8 Rescue Magazine SPRING 2016
Rescue Winter 2016