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Northern NSW : Autumn 2013
The item included a flight into the stadium on board one of the Rescue Helicopters, two seats in the Chairman’s Lounge, joining the players on field for warm up, attending the post match press conference, change room access post game and a 2013 signed Knights jersey. The Knights matched the successful bid dollar for dollar. Knights CEO, Matt Gidley, said the Coonabarabran community had been through a difficult time and the team was pleased to work with the Service to lift spirits. Service General Manager, Richard Jones, said that is was a small contribution to a community that had been supportive of the Service. Fire victims in our thoughts Wayne Carrol of Coal Point has donated a beautifully handcrafted cedar sailing boat to the Service. The boat took the craftsman five weeks to construct and was kindly offered up to be auctioned at the 2013 Westpac Rescue Helicopter Ball in Newcastle. Mr Carrol has donated his wonderful ships to the Service in the past. Craftsman Wayne Carrol and Service Business Manager, Chad Griffiths admire the ship Handcrafted sailing ship The Newcastle Knights and Rescue Helicopter joined the wider community to support those affected by the bushfires in Coonabarabran. Knights’ coach, Wayne Bennett, and a number of players, were flown into Coonabarabran on 20 February as part of a trial match against the Cronulla Sharks. They were flown in one of the Service’s BK117 helicopters based in the New England-North West by Senior Pilot, Dave Davies, who donated his time. During the visit the Knights held a kids clinic and presented proceeds from a “money-can’t-buy auction”. Page 4 Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service - Rescue Autumn 2013