Rescue chopper flying high with your support
THE Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter recorded another busy year in 2013 by performing 391 lifesaving missions across the region.
This total surpassed the Service's previous highest number of missions of 366 missions set in 2012.
It also reflects a 24% increase in missions from 2011.
The importance of having a rescue helicopter service based in our region was highlighted again over the recent festive/holiday season with 31 missions performed from Christmas Day to January 12, 2014.
None of these missions would have been possible without the donation support of the community who help to fundraise nearly 70% of the Service's annual $7M operating budget.
The rescue helicopter service would like to acknowledge everyone who made a donation to its 2013 Christmas Appeal with support coming from all corners of the Service's flight path helping to raise over $126,500.
General manager with the rescue helicopters, Kris Beavis said: "We thank everyone who donated to our 2013 Christmas Appeal and for helping us to be able to save lives at such a busy time of year".