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Northern NSW : Rescue Spring 2017
Long term supporters of the Rescue Helicopter Fiona Leviny and husband Michael Rowe say the opportunity to name one of the Service’s new aircraft is in fond memory of a special family connection. The cattle breeding couple, who are principals of Turtle Creek Bloodlines near Grafton in the northern rivers of NSW, were the lucky winners of the Club 139 prize of naming one of the state-of-the-art AgustaWestland AW139 helicopters. They chose the name Ena. In the early 2000’s, Fiona and Michael along with daughters Emilie and Jess, were a long way removed from regional Australia, living in Beijing and in the Aussie way, lending a hand. “We used to help out at an orphanage,” said Michael. “Fiona and the girls and me spent our spare time looking after the garden. There were a lot of babies inside the house.” One day, Jess, who was about 10 at the time, wandered off and when the family found her in the orphanage house it What’s in a name? was the start of a beautiful relationship with a very undernourished baby girl named Rowena, or Ena as she was nick named. After soon discovering the infant was lactose intolerant, the family was able to seek dietary attention and provided ongoing support until she was thriving. “We understand Ena was adopted by a beautiful American family and we’re sure she has gone to a good home,” “She would be now 13 or 14. We’ve always considered her our third daughter,” he said. The family says it is a great “honour” to name a Rescue Helicopter after Ena, possibly opening a new chapter where Ena, having been saved, is now saving others. (L-R) Pilot Tom Hulse with Fiona Leviny, Michael Rowe and Ena Photos by: Clayton Lloyd, Flawless Imaging 7 Rescue Magazine SPRING 2017
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