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Northern NSW : Summer 2012-2013
After 27 years with the Newcastle Netball Association, Gloria Winsor thought it was time she started shooting goals of a different kind. Gloria stood down from her position with the Netball Association and has volunteered with the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service since 2002. She became Secretary in 2003 and Chairman of the Support Group in 2004. In 2005, after retiring from full-time work for the third time, Gloria’s husband, Peter, came on board as a volunteer and joined as Secretary. The couple were drawn to the Service because they recognised how worthwhile it was to the community. ‘T he little bit we do, we know we’re helping save lives,’ Gloria said. Gloria and Peter, along with many volunteers, provide assistance with golf days, Ducks for Dollars, bowls days, and the annual Transport Awareness Day. They also spent two days blowing up 3,000 balloons for the annual Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service Ball in September. Gloria and Peter dedicate about four days per week to the Service and have no intention of slowing down any time soon. ‘ We really are a team inside a team. Everyone helps each other and we’re never on our own. It’s such a fantastic environment and worthwhile cause to be part of. We are very proud to be part of a group that has raised more than $700,000,’ Gloria said. With a look of excitement and a laugh, Gloria remains positive about future fundraising. ‘ When we hit the million, I might retire,’ Gloria said. The Volunteer Support Group won the 2010 Community Service Awards for its service to the City of Newcastle. Rescue Week Rescue Week is a joint initiative of local Westpac branches in the New England-North West and the Service to raise awareness of the role of Volunteer Suppor t Groups. Branch Manager of Armidale Westpac, Craig Pevitt, has been a long term supporter of the Ser vice and recently donated the time of his staff to hold a Rescue Week BBQ outside the branch in September. Members of the Armidale Support Group also helped and despite cold and wet weather they raised more than $200. Also during Rescue Week, the Inverell and Glen Innes Westpac Bank branches joined forces with their local Volunteer Support Groups to set-up information stands in the branches. In Walcha, the Suppor t Group set-up in the main street to carry out promotional and fundraising activities. Kids check out chopper There is nothing more exciting to a child (and even the big kids), than getting up close to one of the Service’s helicopters. Plenty of excited children had the opportunity to meet the crew and get a close up look at the chopper at the annual Kids Day Out on the Central Coast. Kids Day Out is a collaborative effort of a wide range of organisations that are united in their concern for the health and welfare of children. The event was held at Kariong Mountains High School on Sunday 4 November and included school performances, kindi farm, a visit from Healthy Harold, arts and craft workshops and a whole lot more. Westpac Staff and Support Group Member Steve Rake with Craig and James from Westpac Armidale. Meet our Volunteers Angels at the Rescue Kids Day Out on the Central Coast Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service - Rescue Summer 2012/2013 Page 7