Helicopter benefits from cash boost
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.