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