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Northern NSW : Spring 2013
Ron Munday has continued his generous support to the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Ser vice by donating a further $50,000 taking his donations over the last six years to more than $300,000. Making the donation just shy of his 86th birthday, Mr Munday said he valued the support organisations like the Ser vice give to people in need. Over the last six years, Ron has donated $50,000 to the Glen Innes VRA and $10,000 to the Hear t Foundation. In total Ron has contributed $397,000 to various charity organisations. Ron still works on his farm just out of Glen Innes where he runs a few head of cattle. Service Regional Coordinator, Barry Walton, sang Ron’s praises. “He’s still ver y active around the farm, loves to talk about politics from time to time, as well as his long association with the Westpac Bank as a customer for 80 years,” Mr Walton said. We love Munday Newcastle City Council supporters from the beginning Payroll deductions have been a traditional source of support for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service since its days as a volunteer beach patrol helicopter when it was established in 1975. The Newcastle City Council has been a strong suppor ter of the Ser vice in this manner since it began. There are employees at the Council who have par ticipated in the payroll deduction scheme for the Service’s 38 year histor y. Ser vice General Manager, Richard Jones, said the longevity of the relationship with the Council was one of the reasons the Service has been so successful for so long. “One thing we tell our supporters is that every donation, no matter how big or small helps us be there when we’re needed,” Mr Jones said. “The Council has supported us from the beginning and we are grateful for their continued support.” Mystery treasure hunt brings loot to Helicopter Hidden playing cards were the key to uncovering the treasure at the Tamworth Four Wheel Drive Club’s Mystery Treasure Day. Prizes, including driving lights, a Nissan jacket and maps were generously donated by the Tamworth business community and could only be claimed by finding the cards hidden in the bushland from Bendemeer, through Manilla and back to Tamworth. A total of 11 vehicles participated on the day, raising $677, which was presented by Club member Sean Walker to the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service. Service Regional Coordinator, Barry Walton, proudly accepted the cheque from the Club. “It’s the energy and support of the community that helps us be there when we’re needed,” Mr Walton said. “The treasure hunt was a great event, and hopefully there’ll be more loot to plunder next year.” Page 14 Westpac Rescue Helicopter Ser vice - Rescue Spring 2013