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Northern NSW : Spring 2013
Inspirational Tassie Twosome complete Drover’s Run Nineteen wear y, but extremely happy ‘Drovers’ returned to the Tamworth base on Friday 9 August after a 10 day 4WD adventure that took in north west NSW through to central west Queensland. The eight vehicles involved in the second Drover’s Run raised an outstanding $45,000 for the Ser vice. Ar thur and Carol Blythe, dubbed the ‘Tassie Twosome’, completed the event for the first time, despite being registered for the inaugural ‘Drover’s Run’ in 2011. The ‘Tassie Twosome’ had arrived a few weeks before the event that year and were taking in the local tourist scene when Arthur had a serious motorcycle accident, suffering a number of broken ver tebrae. The Service airlifted him to Tamworth Base Hospital, before transporting him to Royal North Shore Hospital, where he spent the next four months. Despite still needing a walking frame for mobility, Arthur, with constant suppor t from wife Carol, completed this year’s event and and was an inspiration to all involved. The highlight of the trip was the three days spent around Carnarvon Gorge, sandwiched between two incredibly successful social nights in the NSW villages of Rowena and Croppa Creek. The convoy embarking on its 10 day challenge. WRHS Volunteers (front): Dail Hogan, Max Cathcart and (back) Pru and John Gerrard The annual Tamworth Volunteer Support Group Golf Day returned again in 2013 for the 16th year. The event was a huge success, raising more than $20,000 and bringing together more than 180 players in support of the Service. Newcastle Knights player, Korbin Sims and former player Evarn Tuimavave, as well as Community and Charity Support Manager and former player, Ben Rogers, addressed the crowd during the post-golf dinner. Mr Rogers said all three Knights attendees jumped at the opportunity to be part of the golf day. “We were in attendance to support the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service, a key charity par tner of the Knights, and to help raise funds for this important cause,” he said. The event was proudly supported by Capital Body Works, John Holland, Onesteel, KCE, Perry Homes, Joblink Plus, Steggles, Bishop Collins, Insurance House, Country Regional Network and Arvo Metlands. The hungry golfers were well fed throughout the 18 holes with Tamwor th Rotar y Club hosting a BBQ and a Steggles kebab stand halfway around the course. Service General Manager, Richard Jones, said everyone had a good day. “Everyone was having fun, playing golf and raising much needed funds. Special thanks to the day’s sponsors,” he said. Golf Day Raises $20,000 Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service - Rescue Spring 2013 Page 17