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Northern NSW : Rescue Spring 2017
Golden boot Our Coffs Harbour Op Shop volunteers recently had an interesting experience that resulted in a frantic search for gold nuggets. Yes, gold nuggets! A member of the public had kindly donated some items and later realised that wrapped up in a tea towel, and strategically placed in the foot of a boot, was $7,000 in gold nuggets. The volunteers first believed the boots had already been sold. But within minutes of the customer leaving the shop they discovered the boot box in the shop’s waste bin and, upon checking, were amazed to find the gold. It was a very grateful customer who collected her small fortune and made a generous cash donation in appreciation of the prompt assistance given. The Service’s new Community Liaison Officer on the Mid North Coast says he is looking forward to the challenge of increasing awareness about the life- saving work of the Rescue Helicopter. Richard McGovern began his new job in early August and will be working hard to maintain and build a strong base of volunteers, promote fundraising initiatives and increase the reach of volunteer groups within the communities of Kempsey-Macleay and Nambucca shire. There are currently Volunteer Support Groups at Bulahdelah, Taree, Forster and the Hastings with the Service hoping to attract more support from the Kempsey-Macleay and Nambucca Heads-Macksville areas. To become a volunteer, or to help establish a presence in your area, contact Richard McGovern on email at richard.mcgovern@rescuehelicopter. com.au or call 0418 476 873 Tenterfield gala It was a special evening for the 100 guests who attended the sixth Annual Tenterfield Westpac Helicopter Gala Dinner on 5 August. Now a main fundraising activity for the Tenterfield Volunteer Support Group the night held at the local bowling club helped raise more than $8,000. It’s the third year volunteers have supported the event, which organisers say not only brings together the true spirit of a tightknit community, but highlights just how important the helicopter is to a small, but very big-hearted, town. (L-R) Kellie Dickson, Melissa Sexton, Amberlyn Pratt and John Bancroft Community Liaison Officer Richard McGovern Welcome to the team 15 Rescue Magazine SPRING 2017
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