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Northern NSW : Rescue Spring 2016
Big splash It was another sold-out affair for the Hunter’s Rescue Helicopter ‘Splash’ charity ball with 1,450 guests enjoying a night of underwater delights at the Newcastle Entertainment Centre on 16 September. Journalist and author Peter FitsZimons emceed the event that was again generously supported by Gold Sponsors McDonald Jones Homes, peoplefusion, italktravel, endota, A1 Audio and McWilliam’s Wines. Making time Allen Davies and his wife Heather are typical of the volunteers supporting the Rescue Helicopter. Since retiring they find themselves busier than ever but are happy to find the time to help out when required. ‘One of the beauties of volunteering with the Service is that you are never tied to a specific time or day,’ Mr Davies said. ‘It’s very flexible and very rewarding.’ The Service is always keen to recruit volunteers but would be happy to hear from retired men in particular. Service Volunteer Coordinator co-ordinator Jacqui Bailey said that retired men are an untapped resource. ‘I definitely fit that bill, I have time on my hands.’ Mr Davies said. ‘You reach that stage where you feel it’s time to start giving something back. I just thought the Rescue Helicopter was one of the best things to volunteer for. ‘I can remember when the Service started with the little chopper flying around the beach 40 years ago. It’s a big concern now and a worthwhile concern too. ‘I remain constantly amazed that no one has ever paid to be assisted by the Service.’ Read the full story at www.rescuehelicopter.com.au Heather and Allen Davies Guests and entertainers at the Rescue Ball. Photos courtesy of Emily Goldman - EMG Photography. Find out more about volunteering in your area by calling us on 1800 155 155 or by visiting www.rescuehelicopter.com.au 14 Rescue Magazine SPRING 2016
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