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Northern NSW : Summer 2012-2013
Race Day hit for community For a number of years the only Sunday Race Day at Newcastle Jockey Club has been used by the Rescue Helicopter as a fundraiser. On Sunday 18 November thousands of race goers were at beautiful Broadmeadow to watch eight races sponsored by many of the Service’s valued partners. The Day was sponsored by Get Laid Tiling and supported by race sponsors, Scottish Pacific Debtor Finance, Concept Creative Communications, GPP Consulting, Bishop Collins Chartered Accountants, Quarry Mining, Newcastle Stevedores and The Beauford Hotel. Farmers lend a helping hand Farmers across the region are donating a little of their agricultural produce to provide significant support of the work of the Rescue Helicopters. The 2012 Agricultural programs have kicked-off with local farmers donating a tonne or two of their grain from this harvest season or tagging a calf or sheep with a ‘Helicopter Ear Tag’. Service Community Liaison Officer, Mick Wilson, said that with the support of many local farmers, GrainCorp and the local Stock and Station agents, the fundraising campaigns had enabled the Rescue Helicopter to continue work in our community to help people when and where it is needed. ‘And the reason is that of the 2300 life saving missions the New England-North West Service has undertaken since its inception in 2000, many of them have been to accidents on farms and properties,’ he said. ‘T hose who have been injured and transported by the helicopter from farms have included people who have been crushed by cattle, thrown from horses, fallen from bikes and injured by farm machinery. A significant number have been children, particularly from quad bike and horse incidents,’ he said. ‘T hese campaigns are particularly appreciated by the Service because it has seen farmers donating some of their best crop during times that have been pretty tough in their sector,’ he said. The Grain initiative was introduced by the Rescue Helicopter in 2006. Farmers wishing to donate a tonne or two of grain can do so by quoting the National Grower Register Number 12650596 or by contacting their local GrainCorp Marketing Representative. The tag a Calf and Sheep program was created shortly after and now extends across the communities of the New England-North West, Hunter, Central Coast and Mid North Coast. Animals are tagged with the special Helicopter Ear Tag and then when sold the amount is donated to the Service. Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service - Rescue Summer 2012/2013 Page 13