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Northern NSW : Rescue Spring 2016
The Westpac Rescue Helicopter is fortunate to have people in the community who dedicate their time, energy and resources to support the Service. There are currently 35 Volunteer Support Groups with more than 750 members who are spread across the region. These people are tireless workers who add great value to our fundraising and awareness of our activities. Volunteers at work On parade The main street of Scone came alive during the Scone & Upper Hunter Horse Festival parade on 7 May. Getting right into the ‘Horses go to Rio’ theme the Scone Volunteer Support Group was kept busy handing out stickers and tattoos to spectators. The annual festival runs for two weeks with volunteers helping out at the two big race days, the Scone Grammar School Fete and the spectacular finale fireworks at Glenbawn Dam. Scone volunteers take their place in the parade League of their own The Rescue Helicopter is this year’s recipient of the annual Kootingal Moonbi Roosters Rugby League Charity Match held at home ground on 13 August. The Service’s CEO, Richard Jones, kicked off the main game between the Kootingal Roosters and the visiting Dungowan Cowboys men’s side which saw the locals bowing out at a chance to defend their Second Division title. Event sponsor Orthopeadics New England and Dr Robert Sharp supported the club to organise special chopper jerseys which were auctioned at a packed Kootingal Hotel helping to raise $10,600. The women’s league tag side won their game and headed into the finals as the unbeaten minor premiers where they went on to successfully claim back to back premierships. Club President Lad Jones presents the Service’s Kim Blanch with a cheque and photo. (L to R) Looking on, Owen Yabsley (WRHS), Mick Wilson (WRHS), Kevin Storch (KMRFLC), Mick O’Grady (WRHS) and Lisa Thomas (WRHS) Trivial matters All things trivial were the focus of the Singleton’s Volunteer Support Group’s popular Trivia Night challenge on 25 June. About 200 people combined their brain power at Club Singleton and also supported the night’s theme by decorating their team’s table with something starting from a selected letter of the alphabet. Now in its fourth year the event has a loyal and competitive following that helped raise $2,000. The night was also a great opportunity for the local Support Group to update the community about the Rescue Helicopter and the work of dedicated volunteers. Teams matching their memories during the event. Photo courtesy of Clear Light Photography 12 Rescue Magazine SPRING 2016
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