Through a workplace giving partnership with Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service, employees at Moree Plains Shire Council have personally donated $9,150 through their wages.
In addition, council also donated a further $5,000 through the community funding budget, and $200 from the Road Safety Program and North West Heavy Vehicle Breakfast Forum.
Westpac Rescue Helicopter community liaison officer Michael Wilson was in Moree to recognise the generous donation and ongoing support from staff and the council.
“The staff at Moree Plains Shire Council recognise the vital role the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service plays in their community, and through their donations they are making a real difference to those in New England North West,” Mr Wilson said.
“The workplace donation program method allows people the opportunity to show their support and be involved with the service and all of the funds raised help to ensure that no one will ever have to pay to be assisted.”
Council’s general manager Lester Rodgers said the service provides a professional and dedicated medical lifeline that supports so many people who live and work in rural communities.
“It’s reassuring to know that the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service remains free of charge to our community 24 hours a day, seven days a week, through the generosity of so many people in our organisation and throughout Moree Plains,” he said.