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Northern NSW : Rescue - Autumn 2014
Community events Tamworth Country Music Now in its 42nd year, the Tamworth Country Music Festival continues to be one of Australia's most popular events with more than 20,000 visitors descending on the town. For a number of years the Tamworth Volunteer Support Group has joined the annual celebrations, using the event to raise awareness and dollars, running a raffle stand in front of the Westpac Bank. The ten day festival in mid-January culminated in the cavalcade parade of floats, with the popular Viper Creek Band appearing as guests on the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service float. In keeping with tradition, the staff at Westpac line danced twice a day to help entertain the crowds. Angel Billy Golf Classic Nelson Bay Golf Club was the host of another successful Angel Billy Golf Classic on 13 November 2013 with the 16th instalment surpassing the half- million dollar fundraising mark. The annual golf day is the major fundraiser for the Nelson Bay Support Group and Chairman Gary Troon said the money raised was testament to the generosity of the local community. Rescue Club member shares story 'There is no doubt the Service saved my life that day.' In 2008 a drum exploded leaving burns to 90 per cent of Peter O'Keefe's body as he worked on his property near Walcha. He was airlifted by the Rescue Helicopter to Port Macquarie Hospital and later transferred to Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney. In November, guests gathered at a special event, in Port Macquarie to hear his story and reflect on the value of the Service in the region. Charles Sturt University, which specialises in emergency services training, was the sponsor for the Plate & Palate evening, held at the 'Stunned Mullet'. A number of the University's paramedic students were in attendance and fielded questions from the guests about their training. THE WESTPAC RESCUE HELICOPTER SERVICE AND SUPPORTERS HOLD EVENTS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR TO HELP RAISE FUNDS AND AWARENESS. Angel Billy Golf Classic Winners, 'The Plus Fours' -- John Herrick, Adam Strath, Daniel Scully and Chris Clarke Plate and Palate: Peter O'Keefe received burns to 90 per cent of his body in 2008 and credits the role of the Rescue Helicopter in saving his life. Photo courtesy of Port Macquarie News Helicopter mascots with police during the Tamworth Music Festival 6 Rescue Magazine AUTUMN 2014
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