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Northern NSW : Summer 2011
Great Wall Trek Fourteen people flew to China for a 9 day adventure including a 5 day walk on the Great Wall of China. Their motivation was to experience one of the wonders of the world and at the same time to raise money for the Service. Their efforts have resulted in $65,000 in fundraising income. Each day the group walked about 10 – 12 kms to cover over 60kms in total. The trek took them to some of the more remote sections of the Wall, away from other tourists and locals. At night they stayed in arranged accommodation in local villages and ate the local food and mingled with each community. Not the usual thing you do as a tourist. Service Air Crewman Peter Martine was one of the trekkers. For Peter, who has always wanted to visit China, it was “a chance in a life time”. He learnt more of the history and culture of China than he could by any other means. Peter raised over $5,000. He even convinced the school his children attend, New Lambton South Public School, to raise funds for him. One of the Service’s Pilot Koala’s sitting on the Great Wall. Air Crewman Peter Martine contemplates the climb ahead. Some of the Great Wall Trekkers demonstrating their support for the WRHS. Michelle Faithfull, an Operations Manager with Forsythes Recruitment in Newcastle described the experience as ‘awesome’. Despite being home for 6 weeks, she is still trying to come to terms with the impact it has had on her. “ T here have been so many benefits from this” she said. “As a group we bonded very well and quite tightly and made close friends”. There’s now a Facebook page that has been established between the par ticipants and they are planning a reunion in January. Michelle raised close to $14,000 for the Service and has now trade- marked one of her fundraising events, ‘Chicks with Sticks” a golf day for women. The Service plans to have an overseas Adventure Fundraising event each year. Keep an eye on the Service’s website for the next opportunity. Our community Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service - Rescue Summer 2011 Page 15
Winter 2012 redo