Rescue Helicopter needs support

AGL Action Rescue Helicopter in action at Cooloola Cove this year.
AGL Action Rescue Helicopter in action at Cooloola Cove this year. Contributed

AGL Action Rescue Helicopter Service is always on hand to rescue Gympie region residents in time of need.

But right now they need our support to help reach funding targets.

Anyone who has been helped by the rescue helicopters or witnessed the professional crews at work, know what a vital role they play performing emergency medical responses, inter-hospital transfers and search and rescue missions.

In the last financial year, AGL flew more than 1100 free missions and unlike other emergency services, the organisation is not entirely government funded and so relies heavily on support from the community.

Penny Crebbin, Business Development Assistant for the not-for-profit company said while they were in no danger of closing their doors, costs were escalating and any help was appreciated.

“There’s a whole range of things that Gympie region people can help us,” Ms Crebbin said.

Donations of any size, of any kind all contribute to keeping the service flying, she said.

“Gympie people might like to organise a fundraiser such as a sausage sizzle, a raffle, a little auction or a corporate golf day – something that is local to them - and nominate AGL Action Rescue Helicopter Service as their charity of choice.”

Sometimes a community group may opt to use the funds they have raised for a particular piece of rescue equipment.

If you are a Queensland customer of AGL, you can donate to the service through your quarterly electricity account. Contact AGL to find out more by phoning 131 245.

You can use your credit card at the AGL Action Rescue Helicopter Service website secure online payment facility or organise a payroll deduction.

You can download a donation form or make a direct deposit into their bank account, send a cheque or leave a bequest in your will.

You can also donate goods in kind, such as office supplies or a business may offer a special price for equipment.

Volunteers are also required and can come from all walks of life to help in fundraising, conducting tours, as guest speakers or to lend a hand in other areas such as open days or major fundraising.

AGL’s estimated expenditure for 2010 was about $5.5 million, depending on mission lengths and types.

Rescue crews are on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

They work with local emergency crews and have saved countless lives in the Gympie region.

For more information phone 5458 8700 or email

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