LOCAL FUNDRAISER: Alan Heighway, who was known for raising money for the ambulance service, has died.
LOCAL FUNDRAISER: Alan Heighway, who was known for raising money for the ambulance service, has died. Mike Knott

Farewell to man who gave his all

ALAN David Heighway - known to friends as Detour - was well known for the 16 years he spent selling lucky tickets to raise funds for the Bundaberg Local Ambulance Committee.

Mr Heighway died at the Bundaberg Hospital on July 7.

Mr Heighway was born in 1930 and raised in Hastings, New Zealand.

He went on to live in Fiji and New Guinea until he moved to Bundaberg, with then wife Naida, in the early 1970s.

During his time in Bundaberg he first worked for the Endeavour Foundation in various capacities, was a founding member of the Victims of Crime and helped many people through their troubles.

After his wife Naida died he went to the Philippines where the couple had helped a local family then on to New Zealand for a year.

He married Bernadette and moved back to Bundaberg, and for some time they ran a snack bar at Olsens Corner.

When Mr Heighway retired he became the face of the ambulance on Bourbong St, selling lucky tickets from the van in front of what was then Crazy Clarks.

Over 16 years he raised about $150,000 for the ambulance committee but had to stop due to ill health.

Funds raised by Mr Heighway had been used to fit out Bundaberg's fleet of ambulances with new equipment such as defibrillators and to train new paramedics.

Mr Heighway was also a life member of the Eight Ball Association and participated every year in the Shave for a Cure for the Leukaemia Association.

He was also a member of the Burnett Bowls Club, the Innes Park Country Club and the Eastern Suburbs Sports Club.

A funeral service is to be held at the Bundaberg Crematorium on Monday at 1.30pm.

The family has requested that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the Tom Quinn Community Centre.



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