Local donations keep LifeFlight in the air
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
EVERY BIT COUNTS: Greg Olm (right) shares his story with fundraising co-ordinator, Amy Luhrs, Des Obst and Geoffrey Luscombe.