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Northern NSW : Autumn 2013
Under the shadow of Tamworth’s legendary Golden Guitar the Service was hard at work providing ravenous country music fans with a sausage sizzle. The barbeque was manned by the dazzling Sunny Cowgirls as well as Member for Tamworth, Kevin Anderson and Tamworth Regional Council, Deputy Mayor, Russel Webb. The Golden Guitar Cafe and Museum kindly donated the proceeds of the barbeque to the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service. The Service also embraced its inner country rocker, taking part in the Australia Day themed Country Music Festival Cavalcade. The Service proudly transported the Viper Creek Band through the thousands of supporters lining the streets for the cavalcade. Rocking at the Country Music Festival (L-R) Uruguay Agronomist, Ferederico Perero Montons, Nerstane Merinos; Barry Walton; purchasers, Margaret and Tim Robinson from Wallangra; Uruguay Agronomist, Gonzalo Medino Seno from Nerstane Merinos with the $2,000 ram Crewman, Sean Maher meets Essential Energy rep and Quirindi Volunteer Support Group member, Barry McNamara NENW Regional Coordinator, Barry Walton and Ser vice General Manager Richard Jones with Viper Creek Band Essential Energy recently announced a five year sponsorship with the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service. This agreement will include the sponsoring of Crewman, Sean Maher, through a payroll deduction scheme. The recent bout of natural disasters, fire and floods in NSW has had crews of both Essential Energy and the Service working in treacherous conditions to help save lives and restore much needed power to affected areas. Essential Energy powers the community Ram sale donation A ram donated for auction at the Nerstane Ram Sale has gone under the hammer and raised $2,000 for the Service. The Sale, catered by the Walcha Volunteer Support Group, was held on 25 January at Wallangra, on the property of the McLarens. Hamish McLaren was assisted by the Service in 1999 when he lost his arm in a farming accident. Hamish was instrumental in organising one of the first fundraising events to support the establishment of the chopper at the New England – North West base. In the past 12 years, the McLarens and their friends have raised a staggering $400,000 for the Rescue Service. Page 16 Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service - Rescue Autumn 2013