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Northern NSW : Spring 2013
Volunteers at work The Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service is for tunate to have people in the community who dedicate their time, energy and money to supporting the Service. There are 33 volunteer support groups spread throughout the region whose fundraising initiatives include events, raffles and functions to help ensure that no one ever has to pay to be rescued by the Service. » Armidale » Barraba » Bingara » Coonabarabran » Glen Innes Severn » Gunnedah » Guyra » Inverell » Manilla » Moree » Nundle/Hanging Rock » Quirindi » Tamworth » Walcha » Warialda » Wee Waa » Bulahdelah » Cessnock » Denman » Dungog » Forster Tuncurry » Gloucester » Hastings » Kempsey Macleay » Maitland » Muswellbrook » Nelson Bay » Newcastle » Sandy Hollow » Scone » Singleton » Stockton » Taree Lamingtons for all Almost 6,000 lamingtons were dipped in chocolate, rolled in coconut, packaged and delivered at this year’s Hastings Volunteer Support Group Lamington Drive. Described as nana-sized, the lamingtons evidently tickled tastebuds around Wauchope with the Support Group raising more than $3,000. Christmas in July You could be excused for thinking that a new year was upon us, with a number of the region’s volunteer support groups hosting Christmas in July events as part of their fundraising initiatives. The Nelson Bay Support Group held their fifth annual Christmas in July at the Rock Lobster Restaurant at Dalbora Marina. The 80 guests helped raise $3,300, taking the tally of the event in its five year history over the $15,000 mark. In Stockton, Christmas in July was the first official event for the area’s support group, held at the Stockton Bowling Club. Almost 90 people attended, raising $3,700. The group also presented a cheque for $6,000 to the Service for their work over the past 12 months. The Narrabri Volunteer Support Group’s winter themed Christmas Dinner at the Narrabri Bowling Club was a roaring success. Guests were welcomed with canapés and drinks before sitting down to a delicious three course meal. The event’s MC, Allan Goode, estimated the night raised more than $5,000. Allan and his wife Julie presented Service Community Liaison Officer, Michael Wilson, with a cheque for $15,000 raised over the last four months by the Narrabri Support Group. Vintage Car Club Rally Vintage cars from across NSW descended on Gunnedah over the June long weekend. The event was supported by the Gunnedah Volunteer Support Group who provided a soup and damper lunch for almost 100 people at the event at Gunnedah Wildlife Park, raising more than $1,000. Page 8 Westpac Rescue Helicopter Ser vice - Rescue Spring 2013