tiff-016Today’s annual Thanksgiving Service for the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter served as a reminder of the organisation’s value to the community in more ways than one.

Not long after the service started, the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter was called out to retrieve a patient following reports of a tractor accident on a private property at Tenterfield.

With the service under way at the Lismore helibase, pilot Mike Sterritt, crewman Michael Kerry, NSW Ambulance Intensive Care Paramedic Kim Hanlon and Paramedic Stephen Goulding took to the sky on yet another rescue mission.

The annual service is hosted by Emergency Services and hospital chaplains as a way for communities of the Far North Coast to acknowledge and thank the emergency services personnel who do extraordinary things to assist those in need in our community in difficult and trying circumstances every day. 

Representatives from all emergency services outfits in the Northern Rivers and surrounding areas attend.

PICTURE: Thanksgiving Service organisers finalising arrangements at the helibase last week.

Meanwhile, Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter in conjunction with northern New South Wales’ top legal minds is hosting a Wills Day across the flight service area next month.

“Nearly half of all Australians die without a legal will, so by partnering with solicitors throughout the region, we are able to provide an invaluable service to the community, while also creating a unique fundraising opportunity for the rescue helicopter,” said Kris Beavis, general manager, Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter.

Lawyers are donating their time and expertise to draft or update wills for residents throughout far northern New South Wales communities for $60 a person or $100 a couple. Participating lawyers include:

• Stephen Hart and Tony Mannering of Baker, Mannering & Hart Solicitors, BALLINA
• Peter Comerford of Parker & Kissane Solicitors, CASINO
• Sam Ticli and Jack Blaxland of Ticli Blaxland Lawyers, COFFS HARBOUR
• Tony Gallagher of A.J.Gallagher Solicitors, GRAFTON
• Sandra Binney of Parker, Kissane & Gibson Solicitors, KYOGLE
• Brendan Ware of Trenches, McKenzie, Cox Solicitors, LISMORE
• Mark Spagnolo of Conroy & Stewart, MACLEAN
• Colin Robson and Kinloch Oliver of Robson & Oliver Solicitors, SAWTELL
• Marilyn Filewood of Filewood Carty Lawyers, TOORMINA

When: Wednesday 11 March 2009 and Thursday 12 March 2009.

Where: Casino, Kyogle, Coffs Harbour, Grafton, Toormina, Lismore, Sawtell, Ballina and Maclean.
Cost: $60 ($100 per couple).

“It is fundraising initiatives like Wills Day that garner enormous community support and assist us raise the funds necessary to keep the rescue helicopter flying and servicing the northern New South Wales communities,” Mr Beavis said.

There are still Wills Day bookings available, so to make an appointment and secure the chance to get your estate affairs in order, while helping your Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter continue to save lives in your region, call the helibase on (02) 6627 4444.