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Northern NSW : Spring 2013
Service rides to the rescue Service powered by broadcast marathon It was by far the longest shift of their careers. Power FM’s Dane McGuirk and Michael Lynch, clocked on at 6am Thursday 22 August and didn’t switch off their microphones until 10am the next day. The marathon broadcast raised more than $5,000 through listener pledges and just as importantly, raised community awareness of the Service throughout the 28 hours on air. Coordinator for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Muswellbrook Volunteer Support Group, Joe Matthews, pointed out the importance of raising money for the Service. “It is such a vital service to the area and keeping it operational 24/7 and free to those that need it requires community donations of $7 million each year.” The money raised from the marathon was presented by the Muswellbrook Volunteer Support Group to the Service at the Black Coal Cup Golf Day on 3 September at the Muswellbrook Golf Club. The Photo by Peter Grimmond As much as we’d like it not to be, the June long weekend is a notoriously busy weekend for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service. The 2013 Queen’s Birthday weekend was no exception, with the Service attending an incident on a trail ride camp on a property near Dungog. Lake Macquarie Pack and Trail Horse Riders club member Lynn Jackson suffered significant fractures in her left leg, after being kicked by a horse and was flown to John Hunter Hospital. Club Secretary, Jackie Mann, extended her thanks to the Service for transporting Lynn. “Our club has held quite a lot of charity horse rides over the years raising a significant amount of money for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service. We always hope that we never have the need to use the Service, but it is extremely reassuring that it is there if and when the need does arise, particularly in the remote areas when access can be difficult.” Power FM team again boosted the Service’s profile broadcasting live on-site for the entire day. Page 12 Westpac Rescue Helicopter Ser vice - Rescue Spring 2013