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Mackay and Whitsunday Life

TAKING FLIGHT Emergency Services Day Showcases Lifelines In Action

By Amanda Wright

The RACQ CQ Rescue Emergency Services Day soared to new heights as families from Mackay and beyond flocked to the event, held on Sunday, May 19 at Harrup Park.
With the rotor blades spinning and excitement buzzing, the day was a true lifeline of support for our rescue helicopter service. Although the final fundraising figures are still up in the air, initial estimates suggest the event lifted around $12,000 – enough to keep our region’s chopper flying for a full hour. It's a clear reminder of the importance of community backing for our aerial heroes in times of need.
Amidst the festivities, the helicopter needed to make an early departure on a medical transfer mission from Bowen to Mackay, providing a real-time demonstration of its vital role in our region's emergency response.

The opportunity to sit in the RACQ CQ Rescue helicopter was a highlight of the Emergency Services Day before the chopper was tasked to a medical transfer from Bowen. Photo credit: Coffee + Hops

Emergency Services Day A Sky-High Success

RACQ CQ Rescue Emergency Services Day, presented proudly by BMA, was more than just a day of fun and games – it was a high-flying showcase of our region's finest emergency responders and community heroes. From the thrill of sitting in the pilot's seat of the rescue helicopter to the excitement of exploring fire trucks and police cars, attendees of all ages were treated to an action-packed day. The event, which ran from 10 AM to 2 PM, offered a plethora of interactive exhibits, hands-on demonstrations, and educational displays. Families enjoyed free entertainment like face painting and jumping castles, while food and beverages kept everyone fuelled up for the festivities.
A highlight of the day was the opportunity to meet the extraordinary volunteers from the State Emergency Service and organisations like Volunteer Marine Rescue as well as RACQ CQ Rescue crew and members from the Australian Army. These selfless individuals shared firsthand accounts of their heroic efforts, offering a glimpse into the invaluable work they do in our community. Children with their parents queued in long lines for the opportunity to sit in emergency vehicles, such as police cars and fire engines, while sitting on a police motorbike proved popular for photo opportunities.
The funds raised will play a crucial role in supporting the ongoing operations of the RACQ CQ Rescue service, ensuring that they can continue to provide lifesaving assistance to those in need.

Photo credit: Coffee + Hops

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