SAFE: RACQ CQ Rescue engaged in a mock training program to simulate a rescue from a barge at Hay Point Coal Terminal.
SAFE: RACQ CQ Rescue engaged in a mock training program to simulate a rescue from a barge at Hay Point Coal Terminal. RACQ CQ Rescue

RACQ CQ Rescue on the hunt for more volunteers

RACQ CQ Rescue is on the hunt for more volunteers to add to their ranks, as the rescue helicopter service steps up its efforts in grassroots fundraising within the community.

While volunteer numbers have been boosted over the past 12 months, the service is still in recruiting mode with a focus on welcoming new people to the team to assist with donation box distributions and collections.

The RACQ CQ Rescue donation boxes are a familiar sight in many businesses throughout the Mackay, Whitsunday and Isaac regions and have a proven fundraising track record, collecting over $64,000 for the service last year.

PR & Community Coordinator, Louise Clare said, "The $64,000 equated to funding 10 hours of flying to complete patient rescues. That's such an outstanding result and really goes to show the power of small change."

"We collected the $64,000 only having four volunteers for most of the year. With more volunteers in our ranks now and the constant opportunity to welcome new helpers, we're keen to see how much more can be raised through our money boxes. It's one of our basic fundraising techniques which works so well to keep us flying."

The service's longest standing volunteer is Bob Sim, who has headed up the coordination of the volunteers for over six years.

"It only takes one or two days a month to do the money box collecting so it's not too taxing. And the best thing is that those one or two days a month really helps make a big difference for our local rescue helicopter. It's a really nice feeling to be able to give back," said Bob.

"The thing I love most is knowing that all the public moniesI help collect from the money boxes stayright here in Mackay to support the running of our lifesaving helicopter."

RACQ CQ Rescue volunteers also attend and help out at a number of events throughout the year, including internal corporate events held for sponsors, external events hosted by community members and larger efforts including the annual River 2 Reef Ride and Christmas Gift Wrapping at Caneland Central.

There are no pre-requisites to becoming an RACQ CQ Rescue volunteer, but having a current driver's licence is desirable.

If you would like to help RACQ CQ Rescue by volunteering, contact Louise Clare on 4998 5232.



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