Funds break record

Mayor’s Char­ity Ball raises record amount for RACQ

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS - Clau­dia Alp clau­dia.alp@whit­sun­day­times.com.au

FOUR for­mer pa­tients trans­ported by RACQ CQ Res­cue were on hand as mayor An­drew Willcox pre­sented CEO Ian Rowan a record cheque of $87,797 on Tues­day.

The funds, raised from the 2018 Mayor’s Char­ity Ball on July 28, shat­tered the record to be­come the high­est amount raised from the ball to date. Cr Willcox said the funds raised en­sured that the CQ Res­cue’s life-sav­ing ser­vice would con­tinue in the Whit­sun­day re­gion.

“For over 22 years RACQ CQ Res­cue has been on call for our res­i­dents in their hour of need,” he said.

“From Collinsville to Bowen, Proser­pine, Air­lie Beach and ev­ery­where in be­tween, we are lucky to boast such a sup­port­ive Whit­sun­day com­mu­nity.”

It costs more than $8.65 mil­lion an­nu­ally to keep the world-class he­li­copter res­cue ser­vice in ac­tion.

RACQ CQ Res­cue CEO Ian Rowan said the pro­ceeds of the Whit­sun­day Mayor’s Ball would help de­liver life-sav­ing aeromed­i­cal and emer­gency he­li­copter res­cue ser­vices to peo­ple across the re­gion.

“We are in­cred­i­bly grate­ful to be the re­cip­i­ents of this vi­tal sup­port from Whit­sun­day Re­gional Coun­cil,” Mr Rowan said.

“Given Proser­pine and the Whit­sun­day Is­lands were among our top three fre­quented destinations last year for our res­cue he­li­copter, it’s re­as­sur­ing to know coun­cil ap­pre­ci­ates the value of sup­port­ing our ser­vice.

“Their gen­er­ous com­mit­ment ensures we can con­tinue to pro­vide our vi­tal aeromed­i­cal ser­vice to res­i­dents, work­ers and tourists dur­ing a time of cri­sis.”

PHOTO: CLAU­DIA ALP

SAY­ING THANKS: Kristy Moloney, Louis Pace, Pa­tri­cia Pace, Wendy Og­den, Brian Og­den, Harper Og­den-McLiesh, RACQ CQ Res­cue CEO Ian Rowan and Whit­sun­day Re­gional Coun­cil Mayor An­drew Willcox.

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