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8 July, 2021

RETIREES MAKE LIFESAVING DONATION TO REGIONS RESCUERS

A delicious chicken dinner has helped residents of a Mackay retirement village make an ‘eggs-traordinary’ donation to local rescuers during their annual appeal. RACQ CQ Rescue was ‘egg-cited’ to be presented with a donation of $4319 from the residents of Carlyle Gardens at a function at the Mt Pleasant retirement village clubhouse recently.


photos from RACQ CQ Rescue.

 A delicious chicken dinner has helped residents of a Mackay retirement village make an ‘eggs-traordinary’ donation to local rescuers during their annual appeal.

RACQ CQ Rescue was ‘egg-cited’ to be presented with a donation of $4319 from the residents of Carlyle Gardens at a function at the Mt Pleasant retirement village clubhouse recently.

Village residents attended a fundraising dinner at a function back in June and sold raffle tickets to raise funds for the region’s rescue helicopter service. The subsequent donation towards the 2021 RACQ CQ Rescue Annual Appeal was presented to CEO Ian Rowan at an information evening held at Carlyle Gardens on Friday, July 1.

Carlyle Gardens social club president Ray Steen said the dinner was well attended as residents were very keen to support the lifesaving service. Many were acutely aware of the work undertaken by the helicopter throughout the region.

“RACQ CQ Rescue does incredible work, day in and day out, and we often see it flying overhead. We are incredibly proud to play our part and support this community and a lifesaving service which we all hope to never have to use,” he said.

RACQ CQ Rescue CEO Ian Rowan said donations to the 2021 Annual Appeal, which runs from June to the end of July, helped deliver life-saving aeromedical and emergency helicopter rescue services to residents, workers and visitors across Central Queensland.

“We are incredibly fortunate to receive such incredible support from the community and donations like this from the residents of Carlyle Gardens really help ensure we can have a world-class aeromedical helicopter service available anywhere, anytime throughout Central Queensland,” Mr Rowan said.

“RACQ CQ Rescue has to raise $5 million each year to keep flying and as a vital service in this region, it’s reassuring to know people see the value of donating and supporting our helicopter that is so vital in a time of crisis,” he said.

“Sponsorships and donations are critical to keeping the helicopter available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and ready to respond to emergencies at a moment’s notice, anywhere, anytime.”

Mr Rowan said it cost more than $10.5 million annually to keep the world-class helicopter rescue service in the sky and a large proportion of this money came from community donations and sponsorship.

CAPTION: (210708 Carlyle Gardens) Carlyle Gardens’ social club president Ray Steen presents RACQ CQ Rescue’s CEO Ian Rowan with a donation of $4319.


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