Chopper seeks business help

THE Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter service is calling for the support of Gold Coast businesses.

After launching its 2011 business appeal last week, the rescue service hopes to get 500 businesses to make a donation by June 30.

Front and centre of the campaign is a letter from the rescue helicopter’s chief crewman Roger Fry.

“I have what I consider the best job in the world, as I get to help people every day,” Mr Fry wrote in his letter.

“But the worst part of my job is, as a father, when I see a child of similar age to my own who is unconscious or seriously injured and in urgent need of medical help.

“No amount of experience will ever prepare me for some of the rescue missions we go on.

“Or the panic-stricken parents and friends who stand by as we all try our best to make the situation better. Some of those memories may stick with me for the rest of my life.”

Mr Fry said the rescue helicopter offered a crucial service.

“The best part of my job is knowing that every injured child, son, daughter, friend, mother – in fact everyone we airlift – is in good hands, and that the rescue helicopter will be able to fly them to hospital in the quickest time possible,” he said.

“It’s knowing that the helicopter crew and medical team is often their only chance of survival.”

Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter general manager Kris Beavis said a little went a long way.

Businesses can donate by visiting www.helirescue.com.au or at any Westpac bank.



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