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Northern NSW : Spring 2013
The Service brings its volunteer experience to the Special Olympics. Service rustles up support among Hereford breeders The Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service has united with more than 20 businesses and charity organisations to promote volunteering for the Special Olympics 2013 Asia Pacific Games to be held in Newcastle. The Games will be the biggest regional sporting event in Australia this year and present a great opportunity for community members looking to donate their time to a wonderful cause -- 5,000 volunteers are needed to make the Games a success. Service Business Manager, Chad Griffith, joined Volunteer Support Group members Gloria and Peter Windsor to stand alongside representatives from other organisations as volunteer champions. Their role now is to encourage employees, members, The Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service has been intrinsically linked with rural Australians for its entire history. It was community support and lobbying that made the establishment of a base at Tamworth a reality and agricultural donation programs such as the Tag-a-Calf initiative, year in year out that ensure the Service is there when it's needed. More recently, the Service has been working with Herefords Australia to showcase the cattle industry. With nearly 2000 members, Herefords Australia is looking at new ways to promote the benefits of being a Hereford breeder in the wider cattle breeding industry. Hereford Australia Chairman Steve Reid friends and family to register as volunteers to help show the athletes and their families from 32 countries, the best the Hunter has to offer. Chad said the call for volunteers is something the Service can strongly identify with. "We wouldn't be anywhere without the dedication and support that our volunteers give the Service," he said. "It's great that we're in a position to give something back to the community in a totally different way, for a really special cause." The Special Olympics 2013 Asia Pacific Games will kick off with the Opening Ceremony at Hunter Stadium on 1 December. Visit sopag2013.com.au to purchase your tickets. said the stakeholder organisation for Hereford breeders is keen to work with all levels of industry to increase markets for Hereford cattle in Australia and overseas. Herefords Australia is this year also due to hold two Breed Development Conferences, which Mr Reid says he believes will assist members to plan breeding programs to meet the market demand. "Australian cattle producers face some extremely difficult challenges when it comes to competing in the Australian and overseas markets and Hereford breeders intend to take these challenges head on," he said. Earlier this year Service Business Manager, Chad Griffith, and Community Liaison Officer, Michael Wilson, attended a conference for Australian Hereford cattle breeders in Armidale. The conference was an opportunity for breeders from across the nation to come together to address some of the challenges and opportunities the industry is facing in Australian and overseas markets. Presenting to the eager listeners, Chad Griffith said the one thing Australians understand better than most is the 'tyranny of distance'. "For people in need, recieving medical treatment as quickly as possible is lifesaving," Mr Griffith said. "Whilst we like to think that we won't be needed, it's reassuring to know that we can be there when you need us. Especially if you need assistance on a property near Moree and it's more than two hours to Tamworth Hospital, our Helicopters will do it in just 40 minutes." Page 6 Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service - Rescue Spring 2013