Family fundraiser aims to keep rescue choppers flying

The five, final year USC Public Relations students applying their knowledge to ensure the fundraiser gets off the ground.
The five, final year USC Public Relations students applying their knowledge to ensure the fundraiser gets off the ground. (Image Supplied)

The AGL Action Rescue Helicopter launched its annual family fundraiser today with soring hopes the May 25th Fun Night at Aussie World would attract as much support as last year.
“We’re really excited about hosting this event again,” said Dave Donaldson, Action Rescue Helicopter CEO.
“Our Aussie World Family Fun Night is as much about raising vital funds for the rescue helicopter as it is about embracing the community and thanking them for their on-going support.  That’s why Family Tickets are half-price!”
“It means a lot to the crew too.  So often they’re called to a car accident or a winch where a family has been affected.  They’re all parents themselves so those jobs can be difficult and more emotive.
“Last year when such a huge crowd turned out it was really a major morale boost for the team, just to have people say thank you and to know the work they do really is valued.”
This year’s event is also being supported by the University of the Sunshine Coast.  Five, final year Public Relations students have thrown their budding knowledge behind the fund-raiser to ensure it gets off the ground.
The USC students have been busy organising a monster raffle, with prizes ranging from family holidays to kids’ T-shirts.  They’ve also organised a “Rescue Lion” scavenger hunt as a bonus for families entering on the night with pre-purchased tickets.
The students’ tutor, Anne Lawrence, is also on board and a life-time supporter.  15 months ago Anne was thrown from her horse “Monster”.  The animal reared sending Anne of its back, the beast toppled landing on top of the her and then trampled her trying to get to its feet.  Anne suffered serious leg and pelvis injuries.
The AGL Action Rescue Helicopter flew to her aid at Noosa North Shore and airlifted her to hospital.
“I’m extremely grateful, it was a bit touch and go and if it wasn’t for the AGL Action Rescue Helicopter there would have been a lot more anxiety around my recovery period, so extremely grateful.”
“The Service is so extremely vital you don’t know how much you need it until your loved ones are affected.
“And a lot of people don’t realise they need significant funds from the community,” she said.
Gates open from 5:30pm Saturday 25th May.
Supporters are encouraged to pre-purchase tickets online to take advantage of priority entry and to join the Rescue Lion scavenger hunt.  Children who successfully rescue the five lost lions go into a draw to win one of the AGL Action Rescue Helicopter’s mascot rescue lions.  Log on
Of course tickets can also be bought on the night.
Family tickets are half-price – $49 for two adults and two children, plus $10 per additional child.  Children under two are free.  Single entry tickets just $20.