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Northern NSW : Rescue Spring 2016
Cut for the crew Mildred Makes a Difference proudly hovered into this year’s Book Week celebrations. It was the chosen book of 5 year old Brock who dressed as an air crewman for the special school parade in late August. ‘He idolises the Rescue Helicopter and wants to be either a crewman or pilot,’ his mother Nikki wrote when she sent the photo. The Calala based family has never had to use the Service, but has visited the helicopter. Mum says the Rescue Helicopter is an inspiration. ‘T hanks for being his idol and hero,’ she wrote. Get your copy Lasting love We love hearing about how the Rescue Helicopter touches lives and the King family has a very special story. In January last year, Lizzy and Andrew’s newborn son, Alex, was rushed from his home at Gunnedah to Tamworth Base Hospital in a serious condition. After being diagnosed with seizures the Rescue Helicopter flew him to the Service’s Broadmeadow base. Less than 24 hours old, Alex was then transferred to the John Hunter Hospital where he underwent eight months of treatment before sadly passing away. When Lizzy was working at Gunnedah Services and Bowling Club this year during the Rescue Helicopter’s fundraising bowls event (Page 10), she purchased a copy of Mildred Makes a Difference and realised the photo inside the back cover was the actual flight landing with little Alex on board. Lizzy says it was a sign from him to tell her, “I ’m ok mummy”. So inspired by the work of the Rescue Helicopter, Lizzy is now studying to be a nurse and, in loving memory of her son, has a permanent reminder tattooed on her arm. “ We are so grateful to the Service and all that it did to help our family,” Lizzy said. “ We are now among your biggest supporters and tell others of the wonderful work you do whenever we can.” Mildred makes a difference Alex’s sister Amber, aged 4 Brock dressed as one of Mildred’s crewmen A permanent reminder You can order your copy online at www.rescuehelicopter.com.au/products/ mildred-makes-a-difference or from your local Volunteer Support Group. You can also like Mildred and friends on Facebook and Instagram @mildredandfriends. Do you have a spare hour to help make a difference in your community? We are looking for ‘Friends of Mildred’ to read Mildred Makes a Difference and bring big smiles to little faces at a preschool and/or school near you! Please help Mildred share her important message and support the important work of the Rescue Helicopter in your community. Contact Kylie Morris on 0429 818 627 or email@example.com for more information. 17 Rescue Magazine SPRING 2016
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