Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter has received a major boost to its operations with its naming-rights sponsor signing-on for another three years.

Westpac’s Group Executive for the Retail and Business Bank, Rob Coombe, visited the Lismore Helibase to announce the bank’s continued support of the rescue helicopter, and to announce an increase in sponsorship.

The increased sponsorship will assist Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter with its need to raise an extra million dollars this year to fund its operations across its flight area.

The new sponsorship agreement between Westpac and Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter coincides with the 20-year anniversary of Westpac’s sponsorship of the rescue helicopter, making it one of the longest-running corporate sponsorships in Australia.

Mr Coombe said Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter played a vital role in northern NSW and he was delighted to announce Westpac’s continued sponsorship of the rescue helicopter.

“I’m proud to be here in Lismore to announce Westpac’s continued support of this vital service,” Mr Coombe said.

“It is particularly important to Westpac that this sponsorship benefits people enjoying the Australian lifestyle on the coast, and those living in remote or regional communities.”

Mr Coombe said Westpac’s community involvement was driven by the belief of all its staff that they had a responsibility to support the communities in which they lived and worked. 

“Here in northern NSW, our staff are passionate about the work the helicopter does and have set themselves a challenge to raise more than $50,000 for the helicopter this year through fundraising activities,” he said.

Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter’s general manager Kris Beavis said he was thrilled that Westpac had extended its partnership with the rescue helicopter.

“Let me put this simply: without the support of corporate sponsors such as Westpac, and donations from the local community, our service would not exist,” Mr Beavis said.

“Westpac’s partnership with Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter now spans two decades. In that time, the service has flown more than 6000 missions and is responsible for saving countless lives.

“To this service, Westpac is much more than a bank; it is one of the major reasons why we are able to continue saving the lives of people all over our flight area.”

Westpac has worked in partnership with community organisations for more than three decades. For instance, in the Northern Rivers region, Westpac also supports organisations such as local Surf Life Saving clubs.

PICTURE: Tim Myers, Rob Coombe (Westpac’s Group Executive for the Retail and Business Bank), Barry Ruddy (Westpac’s regional general manager Northern Rivers), Janelle Pitman (Westpac Lismore), Angie Ervin (Westpac Casino) and Kris Beavis (Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter GM).