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Northern NSW : Summer 2012-2013
For most of us the idea of spending a Sunday doing an 11 kilometre ski paddle, a 4.5 kilometre board paddle, a 1.2 kilometre swim and a 9 kilometre run is enough to make us hide behind a weekend sleep in. But for crew members of the Rescue Helicopter it’s just one way to maintain their strength and fitness. The Service once again entered a team in the Redhead Surf Club ‘Golden Classic’ in early November despite a couple of team changes due to work commitments and illness. Michael Legge and Todd Mulville were joined by one of their mates, Mitch Parsons and managed a respectable 10th overall in the teams and third in its division. Todd and Michael had been on shift the night before and completed a number of missions before arriving back to base just an hour and a half before the Redhead Surf LifeSaving Club event. Golden Oldies The generosity of the workers of Baiada (Steggles) is a humble reminder of the ways in which teams of workmates join together to support something they value in their community. A number of years ago Baiada began a partnership in the New England – North West which now extends across the entire region. Recently a group of employees from Beresfield visited the Broadmeadow base to present a cheque for $18,950. Operations Coordinator, Michelle Mitchell, said that staff members contributed through their own pays each week and then commit to raising additional money through social club activities such as barbecues and staff events. Additionally, two groups of employees recently visited the Tamworth base donating a combined total of $32,000. The company generously matches each dollar as a donation to the Service. Baiada continues to give Our photo shows Air Crewman Glen Ramplin with Robyn Farmer, Anne Bourke, Sherree Brown, Linda Sharp and Michelle Mitchell Todd Mulville and Mick Legge with Mitch Parsons. For more than 30 years the staff and customers of Moree Westpac have been strong supporters of the Service. Recently the branch hosted a special event that honoured the work of highly skilled paramedics, medical staff, pilots, crew and the community that worked to support their work. Westpac’s John Harris and David Chomely joined the Service’s General Manager Richard Jones at the function in November. Chairman of the Moree Volunteer Support Group presented $28,500 being the total amount raised by the group this year while Allan Jenkins and Colin Rice presented $5,000 from the Bours on Tour fundraising event. Long term support most valued Page 8 Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service - Rescue Summer 2012/2013