There is no doubt that the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter saves dozens of lives every year – ask the loved ones of just one of those people and they will tell you that the service is invaluable.
Yet, it does have a value. Maintenance, fuel, staff and auxiliary support cost and it’s important for the community to help the service raise the funds they need to continue.
The Lismore based Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter has performed over 10,000 missions since it started in Ballina in 1982.
The Service is holding its annual Rescue Day appeal this Friday, August 14. Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter CEO Richard Jones OAM says supporting on Rescue Day helps to keep the Service on standby 24/7 for our community. ‘Each year our Lismore team is tasked to perform over 400 missions ranging from rescues and emergencies through to patient transfers from our smaller regional hospitals to larger metropolitan hospitals,’ he said.
‘Rescue Day highlights the partnership between our Service and that of the medicals teams who fly with us from NSW Ambulance and NSW Health. It is this partnership that is helping to deliver life changing outcomes for so many patients and their families each year!’
On Rescue Day you will find local businesses and venues taking part as they help to fundraise support for the appeal. Rescue Day is also an opportunity for local workplaces to sign up and hold a fundraiser like a ‘Red n Yellow’ themed mufti day, morning tea or lunch.
To make a donation to the Rescue Day appeal visit helirescue.com.au/donate or if your workplace would like to register call 1800 155 155.