CHOPPERS RAIS­ING FUNDS ON NORTH­ERN SA­FARI

“Do it for Dolly” from high above

Whitsunday Times - - FRONT PAGE - Jes­sica Lamb Jes­sica.Lamb@whit­sun­day­times.com.au

YOU may have heard the ca­coph­ony of he­li­copters leav­ing Whit­sun­day Air­port on Sun­day, as Heli­biz’s char­ity he­li­copter sa­fari set off bound for Clon­curry, the first stop along its 13-day jour­ney.

The two-week ad­ven­ture will take 41 peo­ple in 18 he­li­copters across the far reaches of north­ern Aus­tralia rais­ing money for the Dolly’s Dream Foun­da­tion along the way.

The foun­da­tion is a char­ity es­tab­lished by fam­ily and friends of Dolly Everett, a bul­ly­ing vic­tim who took her own life at 14 in Jan­uary.

Its aim is to raise aware­ness of bul­ly­ing, anx­i­ety, de­pres­sion and youth sui­cide.

Heli­biz’s Troy Hol­loway said the sa­fari took six months to plan, with stops in­clud­ing Kakadu, The Gulf, Dar­win, The Kim­ber­ley, Uluru, Simp­son Desert and Birdsville.

“We sell he­li­copters Aus­tralia wide and we in­vite some of the clients and peo­ple we meet through busi­ness to come on this jour­ney,” Mr Hol­loway said.

“We choose to sup­port the Dolly’s Dream Foun­da­tion be­cause it’s been very top­i­cal in the me­dia at the mo­ment and I have two girls my­self.

“The foun­da­tion does great things with the funds they are given and I ac­tu­ally met one of Dolly’s friends at a cat­tle sta­tion we passed this week.”

He­li­copters trav­elled from as far as Mel­bourne, coun­try NSW and re­mote Queens­land to the Whit­sun­days to travel in con­voy. Started al­most a decade ago by the busi­ness, it takes a dif­fer­ent path each year sup­port­ing a dif­fer­ent char­ity. Talk­ing to the Whit­sun­day Times while sit­ting at a la­goon at Yel­low Wa­ters in Kakado look­ing at croc­o­diles, Mr Hol­loway said to­day was the fifth day of the jour­ney.

“So far we have raised about $2000, but there will be an auc­tion at the end of the trip to raise more money,” he said.

“This ex­pe­ri­ence is pretty in­cred­i­ble, to ex­pe­ri­ence re­mote parts of Aus­tralia not ac­ces­si­ble by other means and ob­serve our nat­u­ral her­itage sites from above is in­de­scrib­able.”

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LINE-UP: Heli­biz he­li­copter sa­fari pic­tured on their stopover in the Kim­ber­ley.

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