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Northern NSW : Spring 2012
Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service - Rescue Spring 2012 Page 11 In 2012 Hunter Water continued its support of many community initiatives and announced that among the 23 recipients of its Community Funding Program was the highly successful Dungog PedalFest. Now in its 17th year, the Dungog Pedalfest was held between the 7th and 9th September attracting about 500 people. Pedalfest is a celebration of cycling and sociability in the Williams River Valley and is a major fund-raising event for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service. Hunter Water Managing Director, Kim Wood, said that Hunter Water had been a part of the local community for 120 years and had long been associated with supporting community-based organisations. Hunter Water has joined forces with the festival to encourage participants to take a bottle of drinking water along with them for the ride while enjoying the scenic countryside by bicycle. Each year community groups are selected for undertaking projects, initiatives or events that encouraged community education around water efficiency and sustainability, promoted healthy lifestyles or promoted environmental awareness. Successful applicants include Compass Housing Services and Newcastle University Sport. Hunter Water awards community grants Pedalfest is one of the Hunter’s best community events John wins award The Service’s Finance Manager, John Candy, joined the Rescue Helicopter in 2000 and is responsible for the organisation’s day to day financial management and compliance issues. Recently John was honoured for his work at the annual Rotary Awards for Community Service . Each year Rotary ask for nominations from each of the emergency service organisations - Ambulance, Fire, Police and the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service . John was nominated by his colleagues and is pictured with Phil Willaims (now retired) and fellow recipients and Daniel Danuser from Rotary. Farewell Phil As we reported in the last issue of Rescue, Phil Williams retired in June. To celebrate his retirement people from the Service, many sponsors and business partners and volunteers joined Phil and his family for a farewell function at Cooks Hill Surf Club. A special guest also dropped by to farewell Phil and his wife Marie. John pictured third from the left Phil and Marie Williams