Dedication takes flight
LISMORE'S dynamic duo Mary and Emily Betteridge have been honoured with their names emblazoned on the nose of the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter as a tribute to their work.
On Friday morning a tea was held at the helibase to celebrate the twins' 80th birthday, during which the newly inscribed nose of the aircraft was unveiled.
Helicopter general manager Kris Beavis said the sisters were long-serving volunteers who had raised countless funds to keep the helicopter flying and the sisters had become synonymous with fundraising in the Lismore area.
Both women were delighted by the gesture, he said.
"We are very fortunate to have the support of Mary and Emily and we felt there was no better way to say happy birthday than to have their names placed on the aircraft for the day."
During the morning tea the helicopter was called to assist with the rescue of a 53-year-old Nimbin man who had plunged from a cliff at the Byron Bay lighthouse.
The women watched the aircraft take off for the mission and when they discovered their names were part of the rescue effort, the sisters were overcome with emotion.