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Northern NSW : Autumn 2011
You could be forgiven for thinking people had gone quackers at the Newcastle Harbour on Australia Day as spectators enthusiastically cheered 8,000 ducks on the 7th annual Ducks4Dollars as part of the Newcastle Maritime Festival. The winner of this year’s corporate duck prize was Colliers Jardine International in Newcastle. 1st prize in the yellow $5 duck race was Leanne O’Brien who purchased her ticket at the Merewether Surf Club, winning $1500. 2nd prize of $1,000 went to Lillian Hadaffah of Hamilton, she bought her ticket at the Westpac Hamilton Branch. 3rd prize of $500 was won by Hal Burke of Tamworth. Hal purchased his ticket at Charlestown Square from the Westpac team. While funds from the event are being finalised it is estimated more than $40,000 was raised from the 2011 event, which supports surf rescue clubs and the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service. Organisers wish to send a big thank you to the Newcastle region’s Westpac team for their sponsorship of the event and the volunteers on the day from local surf clubs who organised the logistics of the day. New England North West Registered Clubs Support Due to the support of a number of local registered clubs through their Community Support Expenditure (CDSE) Programs, the New England Nor th West Ser vice were the grateful recipients of more than $13,000 dollars at the end of 2010. The CDSE funding has been used to purchase a stretcher and bridging system that integrates various different Ambulance Service of NSW patient transport systems. The specially designed system, which cost approximately $26,500 for the New England North West Service’s BK117 was designed by the Service as a result of there being no specialist product already on the market designed for the variety of conditions our fleet of aircraft face. The stretcher system is capable of carr ying up to 130kgs while fully equipped with all required medical equipment. It was also designed to meet the increasing demands of OH&S standards and operational functionality. Thank you to Armidale City Bowling Club; Armidale Ex Services Memorial Club; Gunnedah Services and Bowling Club; Moree and District Services Club and West Diggers Tamworth. Leonie Mackay and Nancy Howarth from the Armidale Volunteer Support Group being presented $6,000 in CDSE funding from Armidale Ex Services Memorial Club General Manager Bob Ryan at their Ball in 2010. Page 8 Westpac Rescue Helicopter Ser vice - Rescue Autumn 2011
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