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Northern NSW : Autumn 2013
Volunteers at work The Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service is fortunate to have people in the community who dedicate their time, energy and money to supporting the Service. There are 33 volunteer groups spread throughout communities between Newcastle and Tamworth whose fundraising initiatives in the form of events, raffles and functions helps to ensure that no one ever has to pay to be helped by the Service. Record Donation In only their second year, approximately 20 enthusiastic and conscientious members of the Scone Volunteer Support Group have presented a whopping $80,000 cheque to the Service. Half of this total was raised through the Agriplex Group’s Charity Ball in October last year, and the remainder through the diligent work of the group’s members, selling raffle tickets and merchandise, collecting donations and entering a float in the Scone Parade. Support Group President, Errol Bates, said that raising money for the Ser vice is easy as the cause really sells itself. He said that the stories he hears from people who have been touched by the work of the Ser vice makes all their efforts worthwhile. Decade of giving At a special morning tea on 1 February the Walcha Garden Club and Walcha Volunteer Support Group presented the Service with a cheque for $22,000. The Walcha Garden Club has been working with the Service for the past decade inviting the Walcha Volunteer Support Group to undertake traffic control duties at the prestigious Walcha Open Garden Weekend. This biannual event has grown significantly in its 65 years, this year claiming an international audience with visitors from as far away as Canada. The Walcha Volunteer Support Group looks forward to continuing their strong relationship with the Garden Club well into the future. Smiles all ‘round The Cessnock Volunteer Support Group gave the Service 55,000 more reasons to celebrate after contributing $55,000 to the Service at the Group’s Christmas party. The cheque was generously presented to the Helicopter’s Special Events Coordinator, Justine Orton, by Lorainne Corcoran, Treasurer, and Patsy Black, Chairperson. (L-R) Lorainne Corcoran, Treasurer, Justine Orton, WRHS Special Events Coordinator, and Patsy Black, Chairperson The Walcha Volunteer Support Group with Service staff members, Barry Walton and Melinda Heckrotte. Service Business Manager, Chad Griffith, with Scone Volunteer Support Group, presenting cheque to Service General Manager, Richard Jones. Page 8 Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service - Rescue Autumn 2013