$10k raised for Rescue Helicopter
THE crew from the AGL Action Rescue Helicopter had 10,000 reasons to smile as they landed the chopper on the Brothers Sports Club grounds yesterday afternoon.
The group was there to officially receive a $10,000 donation from the funds raised at the Bundaberg Police Charity Ball, which was held at the end of July.
AGL Action Rescue Helicopter CEO Robert Walford said the donation would be “enormously” helpful to keep the chopper in the air.
“We're always looking for new ways to fundraise,” he said.
“The running costs are approximately $7.5 million a year in the Maroochydore and Bundaberg region and we have to fundraise about $3 million of that each year.”
The ball raised more than $15,000, meaning the helicopter was not the only service to receive funds.
A donation of $3500 was also made to the Royal Flying Doctor Service to help with their costs.
“While we are fortunate enough to get funds from the government, we do still need to fundraise to purchase parts for our aircraft and medical equipment,” RFDS Bundaberg base administrator Joanne Radden said.
“It has certainly been fortunate that the police ball has supported us for two years now.”
A donation of $1000 was also given to the Bargara Football Club to buy goals for its oval.
A further $850 was donated to the Bundaberg PCYC.