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Northern NSW : Summer 2013-14
Service Crewman Graham Nickisson Now 18 years old, the Dungog Pedalfest has attracted cyclists from far and wide to participate in a variety of rides from six to 48kms. More than 16,000kms were ridden on the day by 400 keen cyclists aged between two and 82. The non-riders were treated to bush dances, local food markets, the historic picture theatre, pubs, cafes and antique shops and everything else you’d expect from great country hospitality. After raising $10,000 for the Service in 2013 the Pedalfest will be back again next year. “We don’t often get to see the end results. This has been a life changer for me” – Service Crewman, Graham Nickisson In 1983, the Ser vice was tasked to a property near Scone to transport a newborn baby to Newcastle, Graham Nickisson was the crewman that day. Danielle McDonald was only two and a half hours old when the Rescue Helicopter touched down to transport her and her mother, Karen, to specialist care at Newcastle’s Mater Hospital. Two years later, Graham and Danielle were reintroduced at a community day for the Service, and he has been par t of the McDonald family ever since. Not only was he invited to Danielle’s wedding, but Graham had the honour of giving the bride away. “It’s really much more than a job when we meet those people we have assisted,” Graham said. Every person assisted by the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service becomes a Rescue Club member. If you’ve flown with us and want more information about the Rescue Club, please get in touch, we’d love to hear from you. Contact the Ser vice on 1800 155 155. More than a job The Dungog Pedalfest AECOM donate services Warabrook based air and quality testing specialists, AECOM, have been donating their ser vices to the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Ser vice for only a dollar per year. AECOM conduct annual air testing on the Service’s breathing systems, including checks on all the systems in general. These tests are an essential part of maintaining the high standards that the Ser vice operates at, and would normally cost several thousand dollars. Service General Manager, Richard Jones, thanked AECOM for their ongoing support. “It’s thanks to the support of organisations like AECOM that the Service is able to assist more than 1,000 people each year,” he said. Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service - Rescue Summer 2013 Page 15
Rescue - Autumn 2014