20.4 C
Byron Shire
May 28, 2022

Ballina to Byron for the chopper

Latest News

Primex Sustainable Farming and Primary Industries Expo new date confirmed

After being postponed due to the flooding and ongoing wet weather the 2022 Primex Sustainable Farming and Primary Industries Expo and will now go ahead on November 10–12.

Other News

Computers donated to home schooled kids in Lismore

There nothing like the support of the CWA ladies to help get you through a disaster and the Lismore CWA Evening Branch were very pleased to be able to help their community once again to supply computers to some flood-affected Lismore kids.

Incarceration Nation screens as part of Reconciliation Week

As part of Reconciliation Week (May 27 to June 3), Sisters for Reconciliation and the Cavanbah Reconciliation group will host a screening and discussion of the powerful documentary, Incarceration Nation.

NSW Upper House wants to hear about the floods

The NSW Upper House is inviting members of the community to speak at about their experiences in the February and March floods.

Questions about Julian

A couple of questions have been puzzling me for some time: 1. How can Julian Assange be charged with breaking...

Comment – National Party encumbrance a problem for Liberals in NSW too

There is no shortage of NSW Liberal MPs out in the media warning they could be next to fall in the push from independent candidates that saw a massive shake up of politics in Australia last weekend. 

Large bioenergy facility gets nod

Byron Council’s plan to build a facility that converts waste into electricity at the Byron Bay Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) has been given the green light by the Northern Regional Planning Panel

 

Katie Martin doesn’t remember anything about the car accident that left her in a critical condition with head and internal injuries in 2001.

However, she does know that she probably owes her life to the Westpac Life Saver Helicopter.

Katie was 20 when she was involved in a car accident at Alstonville and was flown by the helicopter from Lismore Base Hospital and then up to Brisbane.

The accident happened on 19 November 2001 and Katie had no memory of the accident until New Year’s Day 2002.

Luckily the helicopter flew her to Brisbane fast and after months of treatment Katie slowly recovered.

‘If I had to go by ambulance I don’t know if I’d be here,’ Katie said.

‘I’m still here but without the helicopter I wonder where I would be.’

Katie thinks the Ballina to Byron Bay Charity Walk is the ‘something’ she has been waiting for to thank the helicopter for helping save her life.

‘When I heard about the walk, I said, ‘Hell yeah, I’m doing it!’

The Ballina to Byron Bay Charity Walk is a 37km coastal walk for teams and individuals who can choose to walk 12km, 25km or 37km.

The walk is being held on Sunday 20 May and participants are encouraged to register and start training and fundraising now in preparation for the walk.

It is also a celebration of sorts for the 30th anniversary of the helicopter.

Despite having an hereditary muscle disease that has left her with weak legs, Katie is determined to attempt the full 37km coastal walk.

‘I’m a very determined person,’ Katie said.

At the official launch of the event Katie already had an aunt and uncle, friend and boyfriend signed up and reckons she will have a team of six walking with her.

‘I think being with lots of people as part of the helicopter community, along the beautiful coastline, to thank the helicopter will be a fantastic event to be part of.

‘You never know when you might need it.’

For more information and to register go to www.ballinatobyronbaywalk.com.au or phone Krystal on 6627 4444.

Image: At the official launch of the Ballina to Byron Charity Walk to raise funds for the Westpac Life Saver Helicopter last week were past patients Katie Martin and brothers Jackson and Harry Falvey (front).


Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Reasons to be cheerful

After nine long years of being led by the least among us, Australia’s future feels optimistic. Thanks, Western Australia, you were instrumental in booting those numpties out! 

Regrets for treatment of Wardell CORE?

After Ballina Council's recent decision, at its Finance and Facilities Committee Meeting, to effectively evict the Wardell Community Organised Resilience Effort (CORE) from the War Memorial Hall, in mid-flood recovery, some were having second thoughts at their Ordinary Meeting yesterday.

Keep your eyes and ears open for Albert’s Lyrebird

Tweed Council is asking that you put your best bird listening ears on this June and capture the sounds of a rare bird.

Progress at Ross Lane?

The perennial question 'is Ross Lane open?' edged closer to an answer yesterday, with Ballina Council discussing a range of options to solve the flooding problem which regularly cuts off Lennox's main access to the west. Ross Lane has been closed again this week.