Lo­cal do­na­tions keep LifeF­light in the air

Chinchilla News - - NEWS - Kate McCor­mack Kate.McCor­mack@chin­chillanews.com.au

TWO years ago, nearly to the day, Greg Olm’s grand­son was brought into the world, but some­thing was not quite right.

“Due to some birthing com­pli­ca­tions my daugh­ter-in-law and new­born grand­son were flown to Toowoomba via the LifeF­light he­li­copter,” Mr Olm said.

“If it hadn’t been for LifeF­light I don’t know what would have hap­pened. Our fam­ily is so grate­ful to the ser­vice.”

Mr Olm’s story is just one of the dozens of cases LifeF­light come across ev­ery day around re­gional ar­eas such as the Western Downs.

In 2018 the ser­vice pro­vided more than 600 res­cues across south-western Queensland at a cost of $7.4 mil­lion.

LifeF­light fundrais­ing co-or­di­na­tor Amy Luhrs said: “We only re­ceive 69 per cent of our fund­ing from the gov­ern­ment.

“We rely on cor­po­rate and com­mu­nity fundrais­ing to help find the re­main­ing 31 per cent,” Ms Luhrs said.

With the av­er­age res­cue cost­ing a min­i­mum of $12,500, the life-sav­ing ser­vice needs all the help it can get.

The Bri­ga­low Bush Car­ni­val com­mit­tee and the Chin­chilla Ma­sonic Lodge have do­nated a com­bined $7500 this year.

Mr Olm said: “Sev­eral mem­bers of the the bush car­ni­val com­mit­tee have been touched by LifeF­light in one way or an­other and we strongly be­lieve this is a wor­thy or­gan­i­sa­tion to get be­hind.

“LifeF­light is a vi­tal link for the ru­ral com­mu­nity. When you’re hours away from the near­est hos­pi­tal, like my fam­ily were, it’s a bless­ing.”

Ms Luhrs said: “It’s th­ese kinds of do­na­tions from com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions that keep LifeF­light fly­ing.”

The Bri­ga­low Bush Car­ni­val was able to do­nate $5000 thanks to an­other suc­cess­ful fam­ily fun day in Septem­ber 2018.

Mr Olm said: “We try to spread the prof­its we make around by do­nat­ing to Can­cer Coun­cil ev­ery other year.”

Af­ter los­ing his wife to can­cer, Mr Olm said this was an or­gan­i­sa­tion close to his heart.

“It might not seem like a lot of money to some peo­ple, but it’s the con­tin­ued sup­port from com­mu­ni­ties like Chin­chilla and Bri­ga­low that make all the dif­fer­ence,” he said.

❝ We only re­ceive 69 per cent of our fund­ing from the gov­ern­ment.

— Amy Luhrs

PHOTO: KATE MCCOR­MACK

EV­ERY BIT COUNTS: Greg Olm (right) shares his story with fundrais­ing co-or­di­na­tor, Amy Luhrs, Des Obst and Ge­of­frey Lus­combe.

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