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Northern NSW : Winter 2012 redo
Advocate knows value of Service for motorcyclists Volunteers worth gold A decade ago Graeme Boyd met with trouble while riding his motorbike at Bakers Creek north of Gloucester. The well-known businessman is owner of Graeme Boyd Motorcycles in Lambton Road, Broadmeadow just 250 metres from the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Base. He has been selling Suzuki Motorcycles since 1980 and is a promoter of a range of motor bike events that are often used to raise funds for the Service. On the June Long Weekend in 2002 Graeme suffered severe leg injuries including a dislocated hip. He was flown by the Service to John Hunter Hospital. Subsequently Graeme has become an even stronger advocate and supporter of the Service. He recognizes how vital it can be for the wider community and especially for people like him who ride bikes. Each year Graeme donates a motorcycle for auction at the Service's Annual Ball and is able to obtain motorcycle memorabilia such as a Casey Stoner autographed helmet. His generosity has also included loaning his forklift to the Service's Engineering staff to help unload parts and equipment into the hangar. During the mid to late 1800's Nundle was at the centre of gold rush fever. Attracting people from across the globe, Nundle also became home to many Chinese nationals searching for gold. The Go for Gold Chinese Easter Festival is an annual event celebrating Nundle's history. The Festival, which is supported by New England Country Living Magazine and Tamworth Regional Council, is the second largest annual festival in the region, attracting 16,000 people during the two days. As part of the festivities, the Service's Nundle Support Group participated in the festival selling raffle tickets, merchandise and holding kid's competitions raising $7,000. Speedway sidecar celebrity challenge One of Graeme Boyd's events early this year featured the Service's General Manager Richard Jones who participated in the sidecar celebrity race. Richard has strong family ties to Speedway racing. His grandfather, Irvine Jones was one of the founding men who started Speedway racing in the world. Irvine and his mates 'invented' this style of thrilling bike racing at Maitland in 1923. Irvine was a member of the first Australian team to travel to the UK and compete internationally. Richard Jones showing that he has all the skills of his grandfather at Broadmeadow in 2012. Nundle Support Group raised a massive $7,000 at the Go for Gold Chinese Easter Festival. Graeme Boyd of Graeme Boyd Motorcycles Page 12 Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service - Rescue Winter 2012