The Red Shirts that mean so much
OpEd - Richard Jones OAM
There are around 500 people who wear a red volunteer shirt in support of the Lismore based Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter… and they wear it with pride!
The Lismore Service has an annual challenge to fundraise over $3.5M and this would not be possible without the support of the dedicated and generous Rescue Helicopter Volunteers who help to run seven Op Shops, raffles, two Volunteer Support Groups, help at major events, collect donation tins, assist with administration, cook at charity BBQ’s and much more.
Our Volunteers proudly keep the Rescue Helicopter flying 24-7 for our community and we are so thankful for the special women and men who enjoy the comradery and social benefits of volunteering for their Service.
This week is National Volunteer Week and we will be highlighting our unbelievably generous Volunteers. Since our early beginnings, volunteers have been integral to our operations and in 2019, they remain an important part of who we are and what we do.
Volunteers stand alongside our partners in NSW Ambulance and NSW Health, our supporters in the corporate sector and the community, to help us provide the best possible aeromedical search and rescue service for the people of Northern NSW.
While our Engineers work to keep the helicopters flying and our Pilots, Aircrew Officers, NSW Ambulance Paramedics and NSW Health Doctors provide medical care 24-7, the work of our Volunteers has been fundamental in the development of our Service since 1982.
This week is about celebrating the important work of volunteers throughout Australia, so please if you see a volunteer in your community say ‘THANK YOU’. Those two small words really do go a long way in ensuring that volunteers feel appreciated.
On behalf of our Staff, Board and Regional Advisory Committee, I would like to say a heartfelt thank you to all of our Volunteers, past and present. We would not be where we are today without each and every one of you.
Please get in touch if you are interested in volunteering for the Service: www.helirescue.com.au/SupportUs/Volunteers or call 1800 155 155.