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Northern NSW : Spring 2013
and grateful for the help and support of everyone involved. "I hope no one ever needs the assistance of the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service, but if you do, you will find yourself with a very professional team. Thanks to the Service. Thanks for the ride. I will never forget it." E.C. Throsby support the Service Along with producing high quality cuts of beef in the Hunter Valley for the past 50 years, E.C. Throsby Pty Ltd continue to contribute to the Service through dollar for dollar matching. Over the past four years 90 percent of their employees have taken part in assisting with the Service by donating $2 from their pay packet each week. Over this period of time, the company has donated around $30,000 to the Service. Rescue Club Everyone who is assisted by the Westpac Rescue Helicopter is automatically inducted into the Service's exclusive, Rescue Club. A couple of Rescue Club members have recently been in touch to show their gratitude for the Service. The afternoon of 22 May was a dreary, rainy one. Hawkesbury Ulysses Bike Club Ex-President, Rick Lesniewicz, and the Club's current Treasurer, David Birchall, were thrown from their motorcycles just out of Muswellbrook. The numerous passersby, including an off-duty nurse, aided in the rescue of the two men, by helping make the site safe and stopping traffic whilst the helicopter, police and ambulance were on their way. Rick said he knew he was in good hands when he regained consciousness as he was loaded into the Helicopter. "Being the Ex-President, I pulled rank over David and got to ride in the helicopter. He was given the ever important job of accompanying the tow truck back to Muswellbrook," he said. "I came around as the paramedics loaded me into the helicopter, giving me a wink and a reassuring rub on the shoulder". Rick suffered four broken ribs and a severe concussion and says under the circumstances he was very lucky Human Resources Manager, Alison Brady, said the employees believed supporting the Service made a real difference. "We often hear the helicopter fly over us to the mines. Although we are certainly grateful it hasn't needed to come to us, we are happy to help someone else," she said. Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service - Rescue Spring 2013 Page 7