The region’s treasured Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service (WRHS) continues to garner terrific support.
And, it was particularly evident this week when Westpac chief executive officer Peter King met WRHS CEO Richard Jones OAM to present a $100,000 community gratuity to the much-loved not-for-profit group.
The donation was handed over to assist the WRHS following a difficult year during COVID-19, when fundraising activities were severely impacted.
It will also provide financial assistance to the organisation’s added operational costs brought about by flood-related missions in March.
“The service’s northern (division) team does incredible work in the community every single day,” Mr King said.
“As well as in times of need, including the recent flooding events throughout northern NSW.
“It was a pleasure to meet some of the crew and hear first-hand about the great work they do throughout the region.
“We are pleased to support their continued efforts with a $100,000 contribution to help keep this important service available for those who need it.
“The donation also acknowledges the rescue efforts and assistance provided by the WRHS to the community including undertaking over an extraordinary amount of missions across the community during the floods.
“It helped residents trapped by waters, too, consisting of a number of taskings such as airlifting patients cut off by flood waters and assisting patients with injuries as a result of the weather conditions.”
The WRHS recently kicked off its annual End of Financial Year (EOFY) Appeal in the hope that residents can dig deep into their pockets to keep the service flying across Northern NSW.
“It takes on extra importance this time around,” Mr Jones said.
“Most charities, including ours, are really struggling.
“So, we’d be appreciative of anything we receive, large or small.”
The community can make donations to the service’s appeal at www.rescuehelicopter.com.au/appeal or by FREECALL 1800 155 155.