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Northern NSW : Autumn 2012
Gloucester is glamorous Stay Safe at the Beach During summer the Service participated in an impressive safety day conducted at Avoca Beach by Gosford City Council Lifeguards. Building on a ‘Stay Safe at the Beach’ day in the previous year, its aims were to teach children and young adults from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) backgrounds about safety in the ocean, on the beach and on the rocks. People from CALD backgrounds are over represented in statistics related to deaths from drowning, rescues from the ocean after being swept from rocks and rescues in the surf. Over 800 students participated including over 600 students from the University of Newcastle and NSW TAFE. The host Council was Gosford City Council and partners in the day were Northern Settlement Ser vices, Rock Fishing Alliance Group, Wyong Shire Council and Centrelink. The BELL 412 was used to demonstrate search and rescue techniques and was available for inspection by the students for a part of the day. A rear end photo of the Bell 412 taken from the rocks at the southern end of Avoca Beach showing the Air Crewman sitting on the door frame with his legs on the skid operating the hoist. The Rescue Crewman is in the water with a Gosford City Lifeguard Jetski and the Service’s IRB training boat in attendance. The ‘down wash’ from the blades on the water can be seen as the helicopter approaches the water craft. Sydney City to Surf The annual City to Sur f run in Sydney continues to be an iconic event and tens of thousands of people participate in it for a personal challenge and to raise money for charity. Over the years the number of people raising funds for the Service has increased. Last year, Safety Manager Rob Jenkins raised $795 or, as he said, $56 per KM or 7c per hear tbeat!! Rob logged onto the www.city2surf.com.au website and asked friends and family to donate to his cause. This year’s event is being held on Sunday 12 August – plenty of time to train for the run and to raise funds for the Service. Hen Pen Poo A donation of $74.65 was received recently from a family at Branxton. The money was collected from the sale of hen pen poo. The sign advertising the product said: A mixture of poultry droppings, composted garden waste & coarse river sand – help yourself. Any coin left in the letterbox will support the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service. The Service is grateful for all donations no matter what the source. Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service - Rescue Autumn 2012 Page 17
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