Chopper art proves a hit for students

THE WESTPAC Life Saver Rescue Helicopter may not be pink with glitter, but that is how future artists at Bilambil Public School see it.

Students from Kindergarten and Year 5 were rewarded for their winning pieces in a colouring-in competition during school assembly yesterday.

The competition was organised by the Westpac branch at Tweed City Shopping Centre to help raise awareness about the local aero-medical service during last month's Helicopter Awareness Week, which ran August 22 to 30.

Westpac Tweed City assistant bank manager Kayne Cooper said they were overwhelmed with entries from the school.

“It started a month ago and we had about 60 entries in that time,” Mr Cooper said.

“This is the first year we've run the competition and we're really happy with it.”

Winning students received big helicopter patient teddy bears and runners-up received Pilot Kev teddy bears.

“We were impressed by all the entries. The winners all took the time and had a lot of detail in their entries, especially on the helicopter.

“It was all about raising awareness of the helicopter and its services, and I think the kids did a great job at it.”

A panel of Westpac Tweed City management including, Mr Cooper, assessed the artworks and chose the most outstanding pieces from the two different age groups.

The annual operating cost of the Westpac Rescue Helicopter is $5.5 million, with more than half to be raised from the local community it serves.

The flight area extends from the Tweed Shire, south to Nambucca Heads and west to Glen Innes and Tenterfield.

Donations to Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter can be made at any Westpac Bank, online at www.helirescue.com.au or by calling (02) 6627 4444 during business hours.



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