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Northern NSW : Spring 2013
Miner thankful for $5 a week Just two weeks after the birth of the Bar tley’s third child, Jared never quite imagined that $5 a week would be so valuable. Jared Bartley had been a great supporter of the Rescue Helicopter. Working at Centennial Coal he contributed each week through the payroll deduction program and as a keen cyclist, participated in the Wests Cycle Classic. In March 2010 Jared decided to ride a couple of days in the Cycle Classic because his third child, Tom, had just arrived. Af ter settling the family at home Jared embarked on a quick ride with a mate at Awaba Track. In the blink of an eye he came off his bike over the handlebars and heard a crack in his neck. Within minutes the Rescue Helicopter was on route and winched Mr Bartley aboard and transferred him to the John Hunter Hospital. He had fractured his T5 vertebrae which was just millimetres from causing spinal injur y. Mr Bar tley now works at Mines Rescue and was flown into Hunter Stadium with a group of Hunter miners as part of the NSW Minerals Council ‘Voice for Mining Day’ in August. He said he was most thankful to all the people who contributed just a few dollars a week - to ensure that the Rescue Helicopter is there for the community. Small price to Pay In June this year, Will Eveleigh came off his motorbike at his parents’ property near Scone. He had been riding with some of his mates during a social get together. Among those visiting the Everleigh’s property at the time was Karne Gleeson and his family. ‘W hen we realised that Will was hurt, a road ambulance picked him up and drove him to the Scone Airpor t where the Rescue Helicopter was waiting to lift him to hospital suf fering leg injuries and a broken right arm,’ he said. Mr Gleeson had been donating a few dollars each week through his pay at Rio Tinto’s Mt Thorley mine for a number of years. ‘It is a small price to know that the young bloke could get to medical care so quickly,’ he said. Mr Gleeson was one of the four miners flown by the Rescue Helicopter into Hunter Stadium for ‘Voice for Mining Day’. Stadium as part of the NSW Minerals Council ‘Voice for Mining Day’ at the Knights’ home game against the Melbourne Storm on Sunday 18 August. More than 5,000 miners and their families attended the game wearing high visibility work wear in support of mining. “The Service is very proud of its relationship with NSW Minerals Council and the miners who are par t of this representative group,” Mr Marsh said. Rachel and Jared Bartley with their three children Charlotte, Will and Tom. Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service - Rescue Spring 2013 Page 5