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Northern NSW : Winter 2011
Mid-North Coast Devon breeder Margaret Cleaver knows first hand the benefits of the Ser vice. She was involved in a quad bike accident four-and a half years while out in the paddocks of her Fernbrook property, near Taree. Margaret, who remembers nothing of the accident, was told she took out four strands of barbed wire fence when she came off the bike and suffered a compound fracture of her left leg. It was decided the best way to treat Margaret’s broken leg would be to fly her to specialists at John Hunter Hospital and she was transported by the Service. As a thank you to the Service, Margaret and Trevor recently donated the proceeds from the sale of one of their Devon beasts at the Taree Fat Sales to help with the ongoing operational costs of the Service. To add to Margaret and Trevor’s donation Taree stock and station agent, Allan Edwards, of Ellis and Butler Stock and Station Agents waivered his auctioneer fee, a transport company waivered the costs associated with having the beast transpor ted, Kurri Meats processed the beast free of charge and Taree butcher Lamberts Quality Meats offered to prepare the meat, which was purchased by Darren Warmsely from the Royal Hotel Taree, for the dinner table.. Can you save a life by tagging a calf? For more information Freecall : 1800 155 155 From Paddock to plate for Service Mail bag Tag-A-Calf donors Trevor and Margaret Cleaver, left, with the Royal Hotel Taree’s Darren Warmsley and Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service Business Manager Phil Williams. To Westpac Helicopter Crew, I want to take this oppor tunity to thank you for looking after me on October 21, 2010 at the Grain Corp silo in Willow Tree. I never thought that I would need such a service but am truly grateful that you are out there. Thanks to your help, I have been able to make a speedy recovery and appreciate everything you have done for me and my family. Thank you, Jeff Brown To the staff of Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service, I am Director of Intensive Care at Coffs Harbour Health Campus. On Wednesday February 16 2011, several patients were brought to Coffs Harbour Hospital after a road accident. One of the patients was critically injured and required transfer to a major centre that evening. I came along to look after medical requirements on the helicopter flight to Newcastle. I found the flight crews to be organised, professional and efficient. The paramedics were also outstanding. The in-flight leadership from pilot Mark, and then Kevin on the return journey, was excellent. It was a pleasure to come along as part of the team. Congratulations on the wonderful work you do. In my book you all deserve the Order of Australia. Dr Michael Sutherland MB BS DA DRCOG FCICM Intensive Care Specialist Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service - Rescue Winter 2011 Page 9