Donations keep medical chopper in air
LIFEFLIGHT rescue conducted 274 lifts in the South Burnett last year.
Nanango Lions president Sue Cox said the club chose to raise funds for the medical helicopter service because it was very close to their hearts.
“LifeFlight is such an important emergency helper for us. Most people with serious injuries have to travel out of the district to get specialist care,” she said.
Past Nanango president Dick Robinson is grateful for the service, which saved his life 18 months ago.
His horse was spooked by a snake, leaving him with significant injuries from the accident.
Kingaroy Hospital was unable to provide him with the support and he was transferred to Toowoomba Hospital by LifeFlight.
“It saved his life. He would’ve probably bled internally, we didn’t have the ICU services in Kingaroy to cover him correctly,” Ms Cox said.
The club has been busy in the past year raising money for organisations like LifeFlight and its palliative care bed project.
LifeFlight fundraising coordinator Mandy Hentschel collected a $1000 donation from the Nanango Lions Club and $5000 from Kingaroy Lions Club.
Without the donations the service would not be able to keep the helicopters flying, Ms Hentschel said.
SUPPORT: Nanango Lions Club members Dick Robinson and Sue Cox presenting LifeFlight’s Mandy Hentschel with the donation.