Supporting rescue services in The Hunter, NSW

August 18th, 2020

Local voices are making a difference across Northern NSW

Every time someone completes a 5-10 minute ‘pulse’ survey they are given tokens to allocate to a community group registered with Local Voices. That group then claims those tokens for cash donations. It’s a small way for Local Voices to thank the community for taking the time to participate and share their experiences. One of those recipient organisations is the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service.

The Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service is registered to receive rewards allocated when a Local Voices survey is completed.

If you live in NSW you will be very familiar with their iconic red and yellow helicopters. The Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service began in 1975 with an all-volunteer crew and a first aid kit on board. In 45 years it has grown to an organisation that spans 3 bases and delivers life-saving missions to 1.5 million residents from the Hawkesbury to the Queensland border.

The organisation works under contract with NSW Dept of Health and NSW Ambulance to deliver world-class aeromedical services, but Danny Eather, Community Liaison Officer for the Upper Hunter explained that community volunteers and donations are vital to the operations, with Local Voices playing a small part in that fundraising effort.

‘The support of the community continues to blow us away….even through the challenging times we are in”

Usually, the team would be regular faces in the community, coordinating events across Northern NSW with the help of thousands of volunteers in fundraising, events, and advocacy roles. But like everyone they have had to adapt during the COVID-19 pandemic. Throughout June they ran an online ‘health challenge’ promoting exercise and well being in the community, and over 500 participants got involved in various fundraising activities.

You can find out more about Westpac Helicopter Service and how to support them here.