Com­mu­nity digs in for chop­per

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Adam McCleery

GAYNDAH woman and vol­un­teer fundraiser for RACQ CareF­light, Vanessa Meyer, put to­gether a mar­ket fun day to help raise funds for CareF­light as a way for the com­mu­nity to give back.

“They do so much for the ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties,” Mrs Meyer said.

“And at the end of the day I am glad to have the com­mu­nity sup­port mainly be­cause be­ing in a re­mote area it is a crit­i­cal ser­vice.”

Mrs Meyer said the dif­fer­ence be­tween life and death could be in the call­out speed of the CareF­light he­li­copter.

“If you need to get to the clos­est big hos­pi­tal by road, you are look­ing at a two-hour trip,” Mrs Meyer said.

“CareF­light had al­ready done over 100 call­outs back in March or April when they in­formed me how many times they had flown out.”

Lo­cal man and Lions mem­ber Peter Spencer agreed the crit­i­cal sup­port CareF­light of­fers ru­ral ar­eas can’t be un­der­stated.

“It is very handy, they fly over here twice and some­times three times a week to help get peo­ple out,” Mr Spencer said.

“If it wasn’t for them a lot of the small town would be no good, they’d be dead. CareF­light need all the money and sup­port they can get.”

Mrs Meyer wasn’t alone in putting to­gether the first ever CareF­light Mar­ket Fun Day in Gayndah.

“I or­gan­ised this day with the help of my mum, dad and hus­band,” Mrs Meyer said.

“This is our first time and it has been great, I am go­ing to look at maybe do­ing it every two years so it will be in the off year for the Orange Fes­ti­val.”

Mrs Meyer said the pro­ceeds would go right back into RACQ CareF­light.

“I charged a fee to each stall and all that will go to CareF­light, the raf­fle and sausage siz­zle is also rais­ing funds for them,” Mrs Meyer said.

“And CareF­light have been great by send­ing out posters and bal­loons, do­na­tions for the raf­fle and things like that.”

Mrs Meyer said the mar­ket day could not have been pos­si­ble with­out the lo­cal sup­port.

“At the end of the day I wouldn’t have this go­ing and rais­ing th­ese funds with­out the sup­port of the com­mu­nity,” Mrs Meyer said.

PHOTO: ADAM MCCLEERY

FAM­ILY EF­FORT: Vanessa Meyer (far right) had the help of her par­ents Jack and Colleen Mad­dern and hus­band Brett Meyer.

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