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Northern NSW : Rescue Winter 2017
The Service has marked the significant contribution of Cliff Marsh OAM, following his retirement as director and chairman of the board on Wednesday 31 May 2017. While standing down, Cliff will take on a new role as the first Patron of the Service. Cliff made a remarkable and distinguished contribution since the Service began in December 1975. At that time, he held the position of President of the Newcastle Branch of Surf Life Saving Australia and, as the decades rolled on, his vision continued to ensure the Rescue Helicopter was there for the community. He was integral in having the Service incorporated as a Company Limited by Guarantee (Charitable status) in 1984. Cliff has been a company member since that time, becoming a director from 1991-2017; chair of the company’s finance committee from 1994–2017 and chairman of the board for 25 years from April 1992-May 2017. He passionately fought to improve the standards of aeromedical search, rescue and inter-hospital transfer for communities throughout Northern NSW. Cliff was instrumental in establishing a permanent operation in Tamworth in 2000 and most recently the awarding of a new 10-year contract that commenced this year and now includes operations in the North Coast and Northern Rivers areas. ‘It has been my great privilege to serve as chairman and director of this special organisation. I have worked with wonderful directors, management, staff and our outstanding volunteers over the years and I believe our community is in safe hands moving forward,’ Cliff said. ‘I cherish many memories, but those I am most fond of are the wonderful relationships and friendships. From day one, this Service has been a community- owned asset and the relationship we have with our community has been a most inspiring and important factor. Our Service simply wouldn’t be what it is today without such loyal community support,’ he said. ‘I am very proud of the fact that nobody has to pay to be assisted,’ he added while reflecting on the life-saving work the Service delivers on almost 1,500 missions each year. John Davis has taken over the reigns as Chairman and thanked Cliff for his work and passion. ‘T his is a truly historic moment for Cliff and the Service. He has made a remarkable contribution, which we will likely never see again. The Service today could not have been imagined when it began, but piece by piece, year by year, the overall Service has improved incredibly. For an organisation focused on saving lives, Cliff has left an amazing legacy,’ John said. Legend of the Service retires Messages to Cliff Cliff made a remarkable and distinguished contribution since the Service began in December 1975 Chairman John Davis, CEO Richard Jones OAM and Patron Cliff Marsh OAM You have left a lifelong legacy built by the community for the community. Congratulations to you on all you have achieved with a wonderful team of people over the years. Enjoy a well-deserved retirement. Always the Champion Cliffy. You are one of Australia’s great Life Savers, but more than that - you have been a great friend. Well my mate what can I say the time has come to put your feet up, congratulations on your retirement. The next step in your life, thank you for all your support and advice over the twenty three years I have been with the Service, from my family and the Taree Support Group I wish you good health and a happy retirement love Betty Mayers xxxx I love seeing stories of people that did what they loved so much they did it their whole lives. Look at him! He still looks happy! This is the way I want to be! Congratulations Sir! Cliff is also the recipient of the Order of Australia Medal (OAM); Life Member Swansea Belmont SLSC; Life Member Hunter Branch SLSA, Life Member Surf Life Saving NSW and Life Member Surf Life Saving Australia. He has been inducted into the Hunter Region Sporting Hall of Fame and Surf Life Saving Australia Hall of Fame. 3 Rescue Magazine WINTER 2017
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