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Northern NSW : Autumn 2013
IGA opens community chest to Helicopters Contract extended Patient wins raffle prize Monster Christmas raffle The Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service has had its contract extended until May 2014, and assured the Minister for Health of its on-going pursuit of industry leading performance standards. The contract has an optional extension of three years. The Service flies more than 1200 missions each year. Service General Manager, Richard Jones, said that while the Service operated specifically in the Hunter, New England and North West and Central and Mid North Coasts it was very conscious that it was an integral part of a wider system operated by the NSW Government. ‘Our primary concern is for the ill and injured people who need the fastest possible access to medical care and it is our proud declaration that no-one who needs the help of the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service ever has to pay,’ Richard said. The mother of a boy who was transported by the Rescue Helicopter following a car accident, has won second prize in the Christmas raffle. Loretta Wood, who took home a Saeco Coffee machine, said the Service saved her son’s life so when he recently competed at the Branxton Rodeo, they couldn’t pass up the opportunity to buy a raffle ticket from the Singleton Volunteer Support Group. Other raffle winners included Jane Lawson who won first prize, a 55 inch LED smart television, and Toni Klecha who took home an iPod dock as third prize winner. The Christmas Trailer raffle is a major annual fundraiser for the Central Coast region and is generously donated each year by local businessman, Jim Clarkson. Thanks to Jim and a host of volunteers, the trailer travels around the Coast allowing locals to show their support. This year the raffle raised $23,805. A very excited and appreciative local from Point Clare, Steven Webb, was the lucky winner and it made his son Rowan’s day when the trailer was delivered on his birthday. Thanks to everyone who purchased tickets in support. Rowan Webb with his trailer full of goodies For the second time in three years Ritchies IGA has donated the contents of their Community Chest Program to the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service. At a ceremony on 14 January, Paul Crutchfield from Ritchies, presented a cheque for $51,706.61 to Service Business Manager, Chad Griffith. The IGA Community Chest initiative is a program that operates 52 weeks a year, and is run in all IGA and SUPA IGA supermarkets in Australia. Throughout the year, Ritchie IGA shoppers contribute to the Community Chest by purchasing products displaying the Community Chest ticket. The program sees a guaranteed percentage of the purchase of these items given back to local communities, charities and clubs. Photo by Chris Hohnke Westpac Rescue Helicopter Ser vice - Rescue Autumn 2013 Page 5