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Northern NSW : Rescue Autumn 2017
Go west! Welcome aboard It’s been an interesting tree change for the Service’s Central West Community Liaison Officer, Rochelle McDonald. Since moving with her family from Sydney to Mudgee last year, Rochelle has experienced floods, bushfires, and learning how to herd goats. But that hasn’t prevented her from working closely with the local community to build the region’s Volunteer Support Group. Ms McDonald, who previously worked for Telstra as a marketing manager, said that a key to her success is the ability to establish relationships at all levels of an organisation. Since arriving last August, Rochelle has already helped to organise a number of Housie help The Mudgee community is generously supporting a new attraction in town with Cash Housie proving a popular event at Club Mudgee. The game attracts nearly 50 regular and new players to the weekly Thursday night sessions, who not only try their luck, but support the Rescue Helicopter’s fundraising efforts. Club Mudgee CEO, Maureen Hutchison is among the Service’s biggest supporters along with the local Housie team who work tirelessly to promote the game and support the Service. www.rescuehelicopter.com.au/HelicopterHousie Rescue Magazine AUTUMN 2017 15 LATEST RECRUITS, ANDREW AND MEGAN WITH CHARLIE (3) AND ARCHIE (7) CENTRAL WEST / MUDGEE FEATURE ROCHELLE MCDONALD READY FOR THE CHALLENGE. PHOTO COURTESY OF MUDGEE GUARDIAN fundraising events including a big Rugby League dinner aligned with the City vs Country Rugby League match and regular Cash Housie sessions at Club Mudgee. She’s looking for more helpers who are willing to lend a hand. ‘Volunteers play a crucial role in raising funds to ensure the Rescue Helicopter stays in the air to be there when and where it is needed,’ Ms McDonald said. ‘We want to encourage anyone who is interested in joining our support group to get in touch and get involved.’ Contact Rochelle on 0413 558 973 or rochelle.mcdonald@rescuehelicopter. com.au New volunteers Merriwa based Andrew and Megan Constable are among the Central West region’s first official Rescue Helicopter volunteers. They’re no strangers to lending a hand when it’s needed, having been actively involved in their district as members of the local Rural Fire Service, footy club, Apex and school community. Look out for the Constable family who will be helping to sell Rescue Helicopter merchandise at the Merriwa Markets and at the Festival of the Fleeces event in June.
Rescue Winter 2017