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Northern NSW : Autumn 2013
Eternal showing of gratitude Some people would prefer to forget a traumatic experience, but Paiige Williams has permanent reminders of the life-saving assistance provided by the Service to two family members and her best friend. Paiige was only five when her uncle fell from the cliffs at Bar Beach in 1989, but she still remembers the television footage of the Rescue Helicopter winching him to safety. The Service transported him to the Royal Newcastle Hospital (now the John Hunter Hospital) where Paiige visited him as he recovered from his injuries, lucky to be alive. Her next experience with the Service came 14 years later when her brother was involved in a workplace accident, which saw him hit by a forklift. Despite the seriousness of his injuries, she remembers with a chuckle, the difficulties the crewmen had fitting her 6’5” tall brother into the helicopter. ‘The crew were joking that he may be too big for the Helicopter. They were great at keeping us calm and upbeat throughout the experience,’ she recalled. Her brother was on life-support at the John Hunter Hospital, but recovered thanks to work of the emergency services and medical staff. ‘I thought that would be the last time the helicopters would assist someone close to me; it wasn’t. You never want to need the Service, but it’s great to know they’re there,’ she said. In 2006, a close friend was driving her husband to work when she was involved in a serious motor vehicle accident. The Service featured again in Paiige’s life, transporting her friend to the John Hunter Hospital, where she spent time in ICU. She suffered serious pelvic injuries and was told by doctors that there was little hope in her having children. ‘In defiance of their prediction and against all odds she now has three beautiful children,’ says Paiige with pride. The Helicopter tattoos are so much more than just her personal appreciation of the Service, they also raise awareness for the work of the Rescue Helicopter. Every month, Paiige donates a portion of her pay cheque to the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service. For more details on events visit www.rescuehelicopter.com.au/events - Tamworth Golf Day at Tamworth Golf Course. – May 13 - Chicks with sticks – May 17 - Helicopter High Tea on the Green at Magenta Shores – May 26 - Hunter High Tea – June TBA - Sportsmans Dinner, Tamworth – June TBA - WRHS 21st Annual Ball tickets go on sale Monday 15 July – September 13 - Drover’s run – July 31 (9 days) - Entries now being called for the IGA’s Ride for the Chopper from 12th to 20th September - Walcha Team Challenge and Festival – October 20 - Kokoda – October 19-29 - Annual Hunter Race Day – November 17 The Service welcomed the renewal of the longstanding partnership with Ausgrid at a recent base tour. (L-R) Charlestown MP, Andrew Cornwell, Ausgrid representatives, Matthew Ophir and Stephen Shelswell, with Minister for Resources and Energy, Chris Hartcher, Swansea MP, Gary Edwards, and State Member for Newcastle, Tim Owen. Ausgrid partnership continues Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service - Rescue Autumn 2013 Page 11