PACK AND SAVE: Aircrew Mark Sewell and Jethro Lampe preparing for the next mission.
PACK AND SAVE: Aircrew Mark Sewell and Jethro Lampe preparing for the next mission. Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter

On a wing and dollar

THE Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter has been a guardian angel to Northern NSW residents for 30 years and on 6999 missions.

As the helicopter waited to be called out to its 7000th mission yesterday, crew members were eager but content about reaching the milestone.

"While the 7000-mission mile-stone means that a lot of people will have experienced a form of misfortune they never thought they would, it is the community and our valued sponsors who must be thanked for giving their support and making these lifesaving missions possible," chief crewperson Roger Fry said.

The helicopter has saved thousands of lives and specialises in three types of missions - accidents and emergencies, patient transfers and search and rescues.

However, fundraising manager Zeke Huish said the helicopter will be stretched to the limit during the busy Christmas period and he called on people to donate generously in coming weeks.

"There's 7000 reasons for people to support the helicopter," he said. "We don't want people to take us for granted, so we're asking people to make a donation before Christmas."

Donate at helirescue.com.au or 02 6627 4444.



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