Twins, 78, raise $100,000
A SET of Lismore twins has reached a rare milestone – they have raised more than $100,000 for the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter.
Twins Mary and Emily Betteridge, who recently turned 78, have spent 27 years running the Betteridge’s Helicopter Raffle and have just reached the $100,000 mark.
Emily Betteridge said their commitment to the community was something inspired by their father from an early age.
“Dad always said that you can’t just take from the community; you have to give something back,” she said.
In 1983, the twins were approached by former Lismore mayor Harold Fredericks to help raise money for the helicopter service to enable it to become a truly regional service – the twins didn’t think twice.
“Harold said they needed people and he asked us to help. We said yes, of course, because you never know when you’ll need it (the helicopter),” Mary said.
The avid St George-Illawarra rugby league supporters even joked a few years ago that if they won the lottery they would buy a helicopter for the service, so long as their names were emblazoned across the aircraft in red and white, the colour of the Dragons.
Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter general manager Kris Beavis said the service owed a lot of its success to long-term volunteers such as Emily and Mary.