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Northern NSW : Summer 2013-14
The Annual Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service Masquerade Ball was held at the Kempsey Macleay RSL on Saturday 20 July. It was a night of mystique, bubbles and laughter with more than 200 guests in attendance. Mike Rabbitt from NBN was the very professional and humorous master of ceremonies. With a cheeky grin, Mike introduced Laurie Argue as "arguably the best auctioneer in the region" and he was right. Laurie lured the audience in with his award winning auctioneer chant and sold many a fine prize. Mid North Coast Community Liaison Officer, Kylie Morris, said more than $12,000 was raised on the night. "The Service is community owned and operated, every cent raised on the night will go towards keeping the helicopters in the air 24/7 and ensuring they are free of charge to all that need it," she said. There was, however, a sad note on the night with goodbyes from Kempsey Macleay Volunteer Support Group members, Roz Flew and Julie Murphy, as they announced they were standing down after a number of years on the committee. The 21st Anniversary Wonderland Ball More than 1000 revellers descended on the Newcastle Entertainment Centre on Friday 13 September for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service Wonderland Ball. Guests were treated to a spectacular Alice in Wonderland themed event with masters of ceremonies Natasha Beyersdorf and Paul Lobb entertaining the crowd. However, it was the powerful story of a Rescue Club member that stole the show. On the night of April 23 2010, Steve McNab became pinned in a longwall accident at Beltana Highwall Mining, near Broke. Steve sustained severe injuries due to the crushing, including a broken pelvis, fractured vertebrae, a compound fracture of his right femur and a significant number of internal injuries. His story was told through a powerful video, produced by Concept Creative Communications, as his wife, Belinda, recounted her memories of the night and Steve thanked the Service who transported him to the John Hunter Hospital, crediting their speedy response to his survival. More than $180,000 was raised for the Service on the night, with the balloon raffle a crowd favourite. Service Chairman, Cliff Marsh, thanked all the guests for their on- going support. "Without the fantastic support of the community and our partners the Rescue Helicopter would not be able to operate. This is your Helicopter Service and we thank you for supporting it." The event wouldn't have been possible without the support of major sponsors; A1 Audio, Veolia, Sims Metal Management, Domayne Kotara, peoplefusion, Concept Creative Communications and Draytons Family Wines. The planning is underway for next year's event which promises to be every bit as successful as the previous 21 years. Masquerade Ball Pics by Eternal Imagery Page 14 Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service - Rescue Summer 2013
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