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Northern NSW : Rescue Autumn 2017
TAMWORTH VOLUNTEERS BILL WARBURTON, JOHN TAYLOR AND MAUREEN GARDNER WITH GRAEME DOUBLEDAY Premier meeting Volunteers from the Tamworth Support Group were paid a special visit from the newly-elected NSW Premier, Gladys Berejiklian, and Deputy Premier, John Barilaro, during January’s Country Music Festival. Ms Berejiklian was in the city attending many events and places including Peel Street, where she found time to drop in for a meetand-greet with the Service’s volunteers. The volunteers performed during their annual line dancing display along with Westpac Branch Staff and local supporters including the Northern Daily Leader. Farewell Val After 17 years of loyal service as a volunteer and treasurer of the Bulahdelah Support Group, Val Brown, is retiring from duty. Along with her close friend Rusty, Val has helped raise more than $140,000 running bus trips to State of Origin games, collecting money tins, and representing the Service at various functions at Bulahdelah and Tea Gardens. The dynamic duo also coordinated and raised funds for the opening of a helipad at Tea Gardens. Val and her husband are moving to Gladstone to be closer to their daughter. Wishing you all the best Val – you’ll be missed! VAL BROWN WITH CLOSE FRIEND RUSTY SARGEANT PREMIER BEREJIKLIAN (CENTRE) WITH (L-R) DEPUTY PREMIER JOHN BARILARO, TAMWORTH SUPPORT GROUP CHAIRPERSON BILL WARBURTON, VOLUNTEER LIBBY DARLING AND NSW MEMBER FOR TAMWORTH KEVIN ANDERSON. PHOTO COURTESY OF KEVIN ANDERSON MP’S OFFICE Coming up roses It was another blooming success story for the Walcha Garden Club’s big festival during 19-20 November which raised more than $45,000 for local charities. Since 2013, the Rescue Helicopter has been supported by the event and received a cheque in February for $20,000, bringing the Club’s collective donation to the Service since 2000 to $97,000. The Garden Festival takes place every two years with help from the Walcha Support Group volunteers who worked tirelessly staffing the gates and welcoming guests throughout the weekend event. THE SERVICE’S KIM BLANCH (CENTRE) WITH OTHER CHARITY RECIPIENT REPRESENTATIVES, GARDEN CLUB MEMBERS – AND LUCY THE DOG New name The Nelson Bay Support Group has changed its name to Port Stephens Support Group. Members agreed at their recent AGM that the new name better reflects the group’s vision to expand and grow. They hope to attract more volunteers and hold fundraising events across a wider area including Medowie, Raymond Terrace and Williamtown. MEMBERS OF THE NEWLY NAMED PORT STEPHENS SUPPORT GROUP Rescue Magazine AUTUMN 2017 13
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