On Thursday 18 April 2013, Investors and Supporters of RACQ CareFlight’s rescue service were honoured with a cocktail function to recognise their contributions and support throughout the year. The evening included a host of special guests ranging from Corporate Sponsors to Individual Donors, without whose support the provision of 24/7 emergency response helicopter rescue service to communities of southern Queensland would not be possible.
Hosted at Aviation Australia’s Flight Safety Training Centre, the evening’s proceedings paid tribute to a number of contributors to CareFlight, including Aviation Australia’s ongoing support of the organisation through their Workplace Giving program, various fundraising events and the provision of its facilities for training and events. To acknowledge Aviation Australia reaching the milestone of a$30,000 contribution in 12 months, RACQ CareFlight announced they will proudly display the Aviation Australia logo on one of their Bell 412 rescue helicopter based at the Gold Coast Airport
Mr Bill Horrocks, Aviation Australia CEO had this to say about the company’s Corporate Sponsorship of CareFlight,” Aviation Australia is proud to support CareFlight and we became a corporate sponsor last year when one of our apprentices came up with the concept. We approached CareFlight with a proposal which CareFlight were very happy to proceed with. The Aviation Australia staff have worked very hard on fundraising and it is wonderful for the staff to be recognised by CareFlight for the achievement in this way”
The event also included the launch of the 2013 CareFlight Base to Base Cycle Challenge, a 250km charity ride from Toowoomba to the Gold Coast. With each rescue mission costing in excess of $12,500 the invited riders consisting of a group of 30 elite cyclists, athletes and CEOs will be raising much needed funds to ensure the continuation of this vital service.
Brad Solomon, a Flight Paramedic for RACQ CareFlight shared the inspirational story of special guest and former patient, Paul McRobert who just 9 months ago was involved in a horrific accident that almost claimed his life. While out training on his push bike in Banora Point, the Tugun triathlete was hit by a truck at 80km launching him 8 metres into the air and landing him on his head where he lost consciousness. Initially transported by ambulance to Tweed Heads Hospital, he was later airlifted by the CareFlight helicopter to the PA Hospital in Brisbane where doctors were better equipped to treat his injuries.
Less than a year later and after suffering severe internal bleeding, a broken back, a shattered pelvis and fractures in his foot, Paul will courageously attempt to complete a section of the cycle challenge. He will be participating alongside a number of other former RACQ CareFlight patients as well as renowned athletes Matt Rogers, a former professional rugby league footballer and Troy Bayliss, 3 x world super bike champion will also be participating in the challenge.
The function was a great success, with RACQ CareFlight representatives and their invited guests enjoying an inspiring evening in a unique venue, surrounded by Aviation Australia’s world-class training equipment and being treated to first class service provided by Aviation Australia’s very own Flight Attendant students.
”The Aviation Australia Flight Safety Training Facility provided a unique venue for CareFlight to host our supporters and guests. We’re very proud of the relationship we have with Aviation Australia who support CareFlight’s community helicopter rescue service through a strong partnership.” commented Wayne Evans, Senior Relationship Manager for CareFlight.
RACQ CareFlight and Aviation Australia look forward to continuing this valuable partnership to ensure the ongoing success of this important not-for-profit community rescue helicopter service.
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