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A cheque for $75,783.12 from the Mayor’s Charity Ball will ensure the RACQ CQ Rescue chopper will continue to provide their life-saving service to the Whitsunday region.
Mayor Andrew Willcox said he was elated to have raised such a huge amount from his first Mayor’s Charity Ball held in Bowen on August 4.
“For over 21 years RACQ CQ Rescue has been providing this vital service to our region.“No matter whether you are rich or poor, live in the outback or one of the islands, the RACQ CQ Rescue service is always there for the Whitsunday community.
“The generosity from sponsors and community in the region, after being hit by Cyclone Debbie only a few months earlier, was nothing less than remarkable.
“The funds raised at my 2017 Mayor’s Charity Ball will ensure they continue to provide this service for our residents 24/7, 365 days a year,” Mayor Willcox said.
RACQ CQ Rescue CEO Ian Rowan said the proceeds of the Whitsunday Mayor’s Ball would help deliver life-saving aeromedical and emergency helicopter rescue services to people across the region.
“We are incredibly grateful to be the recipients of this vital support from Whitsunday Regional Council which ensures we can have a world-class aeromedical helicopter service on our doorstep and available anywhere, anytime throughout Central Queensland,” Mr Rowan said.
“Given Proserpine and the Whitsunday Islands were among our top three frequented destinations last year for our rescue helicopter, it’s reassuring to know council appreciates the value of supporting our service.
“Their generous commitment ensures we can continue to provide our vital aeromedical service to residents, workers and tourists in a time of crisis,” he said.
“The reality is we rely heavily on sponsorships and donations so the community’s help is vital to keeping the helicopter available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and ready to respond to emergencies at a moment’s notice, anywhere, anytime.”
Mr Rowan said it cost more than $8.65 million annually to keep the world-class helicopter rescue service in the sky and a large proportion of this money came from community donations and sponsorship.
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