They're game: Wollongbar four-year-old preschoolers Kyran Urquhart-Warren (left), Harry Job and Jackson Ellem get into the theme of Injury and Illness Day to help raise money for the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter. jay cronan
They're game: Wollongbar four-year-old preschoolers Kyran Urquhart-Warren (left), Harry Job and Jackson Ellem get into the theme of Injury and Illness Day to help raise money for the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter. jay cronan

Kids dress-up to raise funds

THANKFULLY there were no real injuries at Wollongbar Preschool yesterday, only fake ones as children came wrapped in bandages for a dress-up day to raise money for the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter Service.

Each day this week has a different theme, including ‘Crazy Hair Day' on Monday, ‘Pyjama Day' today and ‘Red and Yellow Day' on Friday, all to promote awareness and raise money for the helicopter service.

“Something we would like to see from the children is the awareness of what the rescue helicopters do in the community,” said Rosemary Gillett, co-director of Wollongbar Preschool.

“Understanding the social responsibility and awareness, even at a very young age, is important.”

The preschool hosted the ‘Fake Injury or Sickness' dress-up day for 24 children yesterday, and expects to see 60 children dress-up throughout the week.

Preschool staffer Meg Fleming came up with the idea to raise awareness during Helicopter Awareness Week, and it was a team effort from there, Ms Gillett said.

The Northern Region Westpac Life Saver Helicopter Service, based in Lismore, provides an aero medical service to residents and visitors 365 days a year, 24 hours a day.

The service is utilised on average seven times a week and costs $6.5 million a year to run. As a free service, however, it is struggling to stay in the air.

In order to meet running costs the Westpac Life Saver Helicopter Rescue Service is trying to raise funds totalling $220,000 during its annual appeal.

To make a donation go to www.helirescue.com.au, or call 6627 4444.



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