New England Primary Students Raise Thousands to Support Rescue Helicopter
Over the past year the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service has carried out over 250 missions in the New England North West (New South Wales). With this in mind the 32 students from the Armidale & Tamworth MET Primary Schools embarked on a mission of their own – to raise funds for this vital not-for-profit organisation.
With plenty of encouragement from their parents and teachers, as well as generous support from their local communities, the students were able to raise an incredible $7,755, which they personally delivered to the helicopter base.
The money was raised by the students in a variety of creative ways. The teachers assisted the students to telemarket to local business to raise donations, and the students also doorknocked around their neighbourhoods.
The staff at the helicopter base was suitably impressed by the enthusiasm shown by the students, “We are just so grateful for the incredible fundraising effort they performed” says Event Coordinator Jeff Galbraith “We are very mindful of the amazing support we receive from the communities we serve”. During the visit to give the donation to the charity, the students learned about the important role the helicopter plays in the emergency care chain. They also discovered how the Service greatly appreciates the support it receives from the community, and the students were very glad to support such a good cause.