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Little donations behind huge support for rescue helicopter

Three decades of Workplace Giving by northern NSW staff is helping keep surfers safe.

People standing in front of a helicopter

Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter pilot Lachlan Hayes, Glenn Jeffery (The Rivers Secondary College, Lismore High Campus) Cheryl Graham (administration officer, The Rivers Secondary College) Gaye Titcume (Alstonville Public School), Gregory Smith (Executive Principal, The Rivers Secondary College) and Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter crewman Jimmy Keough.

Education Department staff in northern NSW have proven the adage that from little things big things grow after raising $500,000 for the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter.

The half-million-dollar milestone was reached through more than 30 years of donations by staff from the Northern Rivers, Mid North Coast and Northern New England areas to the Workplace Giving Program.

Secretary of the NSW Department of Education Mark Scott said assisting the rescue helicopter service in the northern NSW community was “an opportunity the department is pleased to be a part of”.

“On behalf of the local staff from the NSW Department of Education who have donated funds, I’d like to congratulate the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter team on its long-standing commitment to saving lives,” Mr Scott said. “Providing this valuable service free of charge is vital to the health and wellbeing of the community and we hope to be able to lend our support for many years to come.”

Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter chief executive officer Richard Jones said the service was extremely grateful for the support received from the NSW Department of Education.

“To raise over half a million dollars is no mean feat and knowing it has taken the help of so many people to make this support possible is something we don’t take lightly nor for granted,” he said.

“I would like to thank every individual who has contributed to the service over the past 30 years. I always say a little bit goes a long way and this just reiterates just how important community support is.”

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