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Northern NSW : Spring 2013
In May, the Tamworth Base was happily inundated by a sea of colour when little chopper champs from Goodstart Calala Preschool came to visit. The children were thrilled to be shown one of the base’s helicopters and rescue equipment by Senior Crewman, Trent Owen. However, it was the money spinner that really captivated the preschool students, when each child was given a coin to roll so they could see first-hand how community fundraising works. The teachers and carers were eager to engage the children in the fundraising process and Community Liaison Officer, Michael Wilson, gave them the oppor tunity to of fer up some of their own fundraising ideas. Af ter one of the more promising (potentially illegal) suggestions; “get some paper and draw money on it,” the group settled on hosting a cake stall and hot-dog lunch. Carlo’s IGA kindly donated the ingredients for their enterprise and the children started cooking. Their hard work paid off with Service Events Coordinator, Jeff Galbraith, proudly receiving the efforts of their labour, an impressive $387.20. In its fifth year, the Perpetual Trophy was again up for grabs at the Miners and Suppliers Charity Bowls Day. Hosted by the Gunnedah Volunteer Support Group with the support of the Gunnedah Services and Bowling Club on Sunday 4 August, 84 players with more than 20 vocal supporters pulled on their flat soled shoes and took to the greens. Proudly supported by Aurizon, Whitehaven Coal, Idemitsu Boggabri Coal, Toll Resources, MacKellar Excavations, and Pacific National, the event raised $24,000 taking the total donations over its five year history to more than $100,000. Shenhua Watermark took home the prestigious trophy with everyone pledging to be back to recontest the competition next year. The eight schools which make up the Bucketts Way Community of Schools celebrated Education Week in early August with Bucketts of Care Day. The day was designed to raise the students’ awareness of the work that organisations within the community do to support Gloucester and the wider community – many of these being charity organisations which survive through the dedication of volunteers donating their own time and resources. Bucketts of Care Day was an opportunity for the Service, as one of the featured organisations, to showcase to the students what the Ser vice does – in par ticular the importance of the volunteer program to keep the Helicopter in the air. The Bucketts Way Community of Schools includes Booral Public, Stroud Public, Stroud Road Public, Stratford Public, Gloucester Public, Gloucester High, Krambach Public and Barrington Public. Gloucester schools learn power of volunteering Miners and Suppliers Charity Bowls Day Goodstart Calala spins fundraising Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service - Rescue Spring 2013 Page 13