Do­na­tions keep med­i­cal chop­per in air

South Burnett Times - - NEWS -

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.

PHOTO: JES­SICA MC­GRATH

SUP­PORT: Nanango Li­ons Club mem­bers Dick Robin­son and Sue Cox pre­sent­ing LifeF­light’s Mandy Hentschel with the do­na­tion.

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