The Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter needs your help with its End of Financial Year Appeal.
The Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter needs your help with its End of Financial Year Appeal. Rotorwing

Boy saved from dam thanks ‘wokka wokka’ (rescue helicopter)

A BOY who was flown to a Brisbane hospital after falling in a dam on his family's property now tells the story of how he was saved by the "wokka wokka".

Also known as the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter, the service performed more than 430 missions last year.

The boy has made a full recovery since the September 2015 accident, and so have many of the chopper's patients.

But without financial support from the community the helicopter could not undertake these vital tasks.

As a Lismore-based, not-for-profit charity, the rescue service is not fully funded and needs to fundraise more than $5million annually to be available 24 hours.

The beginning of May marks the start of the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter's annual End of Financial Year Appeal.

Fundraising manager Zeke Huish said: "Many of the patients flown by the service often refer to the fact that they never thought it would be them who would need the service next.

"Accidents and emergencies like this occur each year and the rescue helicopter service is seeking the support of the community to help it raise over $125,000 before the end of June."

To give your support visit their website or phone 66274444.



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