He­li­copter ben­e­fits from cash boost

Whitsunday Times - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

THE Butcher fam­ily of Hy­de­away Bay know first hand the im­por­tance of the RACQ-CQ Res­cue Ser­vice.

Five-year-old Lilly Butcher was flown to Mackay Base Hos­pi­tal in Oc­to­ber last year af­ter be­ing thrown from the fam­ily’s boat in a freak ac­ci­dent.

Lilly, her brother Leeroy and par­ents Mel and Mick Butcher were on their way to Hamil­ton Is­land when the ac­ci­dent hap­pened.

This week Lilly met the res­cue ser­vice’s lo­cal vol­un­teer fundraiser Gay Bow­den.

The ser­vice re­ceived a $1000 boost af­ter sell­ing a win­ning ticket in the an­nual Ro­tary Club of Air­lie Beach’s com­mu­nity raf­fle.

Ms Bow­den was rep­re­sent­ing the or­gan­i­sa­tion on the night of the raf­fle draw and was de­lighted when it was an­nounced they had sold a win­ing ticket.

“It costs $6500 an hour to fly the RACQ-CQ he­li­copter so ev­ery cent counts,” she said.

Mean­while, RACQ-CQ Res­cue wel­comed the ar­rival of the ser­vice's new Bell 412 EP air­craft on Tues­day.

RACQ-CQ Res­cue chief ex­ec­u­tive Mark Shield said the new air­craft was ex­cep­tional and would be used to de­liver the best pa­tient care and ul­ti­mately save the lives of peo­ple in the com­mu­nity.

"We are ex­cited to be en­ter­ing this new phase and look for­ward to the op­por­tu­nity to show­case the air­craft to the com­mu­nity, who sup­port its ex­is­tence so gen­er­ously," he said.

SAV­ING LIVES: RACQ-CQ Res­cue vol­un­teer fundraiser Gay Bow­den re­counted the events of five-year-old Lilly Butcher's freak ac­ci­dent.

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