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Northern NSW : Autumn 2012
Order of the Eastern Star Drinks money supports HVO Charity Fund Three soft drink dispensing machines at Coal & Allied’s Hunter Valley Operations mine have made a sizeable contribution to the Service. Whilst mine employees have been supporting the Service for many years through the payroll deduction program and Coal & Allied as a company are a Logo Rights Sponsor, an additional $22,000 has been donated from the workers Charity Fund over the past 10 years. The money in the charity fund comes from a commission on soft drink funds from vending machines at various sites around the mine. Each month Coca Cola Amatil remits a percentage of sales to the Fund and the money is then donated to charitable organisations. Mark Elkins and Dale Hall, the two long- term Coal & Allied miners who instigated the Charity Fund said that the Rescue Helicopter was a ‘natural’ choice for them and their colleagues because of its vital importance in getting expert medical attention to injured miners in a timely manner. “ Not only does the helicopter and crew help our workplace colleagues, it’s also critical for our families and communities in the Upper Hunter”, they said. Many local chapters of the Eastern Star have been donating to the Service for many years. They believe it’s best that funds raised by their activities, stay in the local community. Over time the amounts donated have accumulated to be a sizeable total, and the chapters are now key fundraising partners for the Service. Long term volunteers keep on giving Wallsend’s Margaret and Vic Larden’s commitment and support for the Service continues to be as strong today as it has been for the past 20 years or more. They have organized bus trips, raffles, concerts and more for their ‘adopted cause’ as well as contributed to the Newcastle Volunteer Support Group’s many activities. Over the years Margaret and Vic have raised over $50,000 – a mammoth effort achieved by hard work and with the support of many ‘Friends of the Helicopter’. From left: Sharon Shilling Rio Tinto Coal, the Service’s Phil Williams, Kristen Geromboux Coca Cola Amatil, Grant Elkins and Dale Hall the Directors of the HVO Charity Fund. Mervyn McAliece and Janell Pearce of the Wallsend Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star present their 2011 donation to the Service’s Engineers Peter McInnes (left) and Eddie Baldwin. Margaret and Vic Larden with Crewman Glen Ramplin after presenting the Service with a cheque for $2,600 from their 2011 fundraising activities. Page 4 Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service - Rescue Autumn 2012
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