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Northern NSW : Summer 2013-14
Play for Chopper The Bingara Volunteer Support Group hosted its ‘Play for Chopper’ charity event at the Bingara Sporting Club on Saturday 26 October. 100 participants tried their hand at golf, bowls and tennis raising $5,000 on the day. Bingara Volunteer Support Group President, John Herring, thanked his committee for the effort, and the community for their ongoing support. “It was an amazing effort from the large and active committee, who have raised more than $300,000 in the past 10 years,” he said. Golf Days support Service Wee Waa Golf Club hosted 72 golfers on a magnificent spring day in late September for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service Charity Golf Day. Whilst the standard of golfing varied considerably, the generosity of the community was second-to-none. $7,000 was raised on the day through auctions, raffles, golf fees and donations, with players and guests enjoying a high tea provided by the Wee Waa Volunteer Support Group. A few weeks later Narrabri Golf Club played host to more than 90 golfers in its annual charity golf day for the Service. $5,000 was raised on the day with the help of a $2,000 donation from Kaputar Ford. Support Group takes home award The Singleton Volunteer Support Group has been awarded the ‘Hunter Highly Commended Volunteer Team of the Year’ award at the recent 2013 NSW Volunteer of the Year Awards. The ceremony was held at the Newcastle Cruising Yacht Club on the morning of Wednesday 6 November. Support Group members Jayne and Danny Eather proudly accepted the award on behalf of the committee. Service General Manager, Richard Jones, attended the event and was thrilled by the success of the group. “It is great to see our Volunteer Support Groups acknowledged for all the hard work they do. Without their ongoing support the community wouldn’t have a dedicated Rescue Helicopter,” he said. Scenic train supports Ser vice The Maitland Volunteer Support Group had no idea just how popular their proposed scenic train trip in the 1960s revamped ‘Tin Hare’ would be until the 70 seater train sold out in a matter of days. A second, 92 seat carriage was added and that too sold out the following week. With all aboard the train set out from Maitland en route to Brooklyn, a small town on the Hawkesbury River on Sunday 22 September. The day was an overwhelming success, raising more than $3,000, and awareness of the Service. Participants expressed keen interest for a return trip next year. Singleton Volunteer Support Group Chairperson, Jayne Eather, Deputy Mayor of Newcastle, Brad Luke, and Singleton Volunteer Support Group Secretary, Danny Eather. Vivienne Lanagan and Courtney Stein travelled from Tamworth to take part in tennis and golf. Bingara Volunteer Support Group President, John Herring, with Chairman of New England - North West Regional Advisory Committee Max Cathcart and Support Group Member John Wearne Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service - Rescue Summer 2013 Page 9
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