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Northern NSW : Summer 2011
Melinda Price crashed her car headlong into a tree near Clarence Town at around 7.00pm on 1st May 2009 on a very cold night. She suffered two punctured lungs, a broken elbow, knee and left foot. The helicopter, crew and paramedics were on the scene 38 minutes after receiving the call and transported Melinda and her passenger to the John Hunter Hospital. Melinda spent the next 14 days at the hospital before being discharged and was unable to work for 6 months. She blames fatigue for the crash in general and a ‘micro sleep’ in par ticular. Melinda is 21 years of age and now works as a Teller for Westpac at Maitland, a position she has held for over 18 months. She loves her job, her colleagues in the bank and the customers. As for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service, she can’t do enough. As well as being a member of the Rescue Club, Melinda donates to the Ser vice ever y time she is paid through Westpac’s employee giving program. Westpac matches the donations dollar for dollar. She has become the Maitland Branch’s ‘Chopper Champion’ representing the Ser vice in Maitland, assisting the local Volunteer Support Group with their bank ing and doing what she can to ‘be helpful’. “ T he chopper means a lot to me. It’s played such a major role in my life. It’s great to be part of this organisation” Melinda said. And it’s not just Melinda. Her mother Julie has been a Westpac employee for over thirty years and now works in Business Banking in Newcastle. Melinda’s family truly understands the value of the helicopter in times of need. Westpac staff know the value of the Service “The chopper means a lot to me” “I will never, ever forget the helicopter” Simone Le Mesurier who is a Local Business Banker with the Hamilton Branch of Westpac in Newcastle. She will never forget the day that her 12 month toddler was badly crushed in an unfortunate and unusual accident nearly 20 years ago. She has no doubt that the helicopter and crew saved her little girl’s life. Simone said that working for Westpac seemed so natural for her because of Westpac’s long and strong sponsorship of the Service. Simone is one of many of the Service’s highly valued donors and has made a commitment to support the helicopter into the future by leaving a bequest to the Service in her will. Simone Le Mesurier outside the Hamilton Branch of Westpac. Melinda Price and her mum Julie Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service - Rescue Summer 2011 Page 3
Winter 2012 redo