Rescue Service seeking donations
THE Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter Service's first mailed donation drive has resulted in a shortfall of about $125,000.
The Lismore-based service was forced to move from a doorknock to a mail-out appeal because of the increasing difficulty in securing volunteer collectors.
General manager Kris Beavis said a distribution problem meant that not everyone had received an appeal envelope in the letterbox.
“Many people have kindly enclosed a donation in their specially-marked appeal envelope and money is still coming in,” he said. “But we haven't reached our target.”
Mr Beavis said the target was $225,000 and neither the service nor the public could afford to be complacent.
“This has been a challenging year for the rescue helicopter,” he said. “It now costs $6.5 million a year to run this vital service, which receives no direct government funding.
“The biggest problem we face is apathy and we ask the public to please not take us for granted.”
The Westpac Life Saver Helicopter annualappeal is still running.
“I ask anyone who hasn't donated yet to please consider doing so,” Mr Beavis said.
Donations can be made at any Westpac bank, by calling 6627 4444 or at www.helirescue.com.au