Mayor’s Charity Ball raises $75,000 for Rescue Chopper

RACQ CQ Rescue receives cheque for $75,000

A cheque for $75,783.12 from the Mayor’s Charity Ball will ensure the RACQ CQ Rescue chopper will continue to provide their life-saving service to the Whitsunday region.

Mayor Andrew Willcox says he was elated to have raised such a huge amount from his first Mayor’s Charity Ball held in Bowen on August 4.

“For over 21 years RACQ CQ Rescue has been providing this vital service to our region. No matter whether you are rich or poor, live in the outback or one of the islands, the RACQ CQ Rescue service is always there for the Whitsunday community”

“The funds raised at my 2017 Mayor’s Charity Ball will ensure they continue to provide this service for our residents 24/7, 365 days a year”.

RACQ CQ Rescue CEO Ian Rowan says the cash will help deliver life-saving aeromedical and emergency helicopter rescue services to people across the region.

“We are incredibly grateful to be the recipients of this vital support from Whitsunday Regional Council which ensures we can have a world-class aeromedical helicopter service on our doorstep and available anywhere, anytime throughout Central Queensland.”

“Given Proserpine and the Whitsunday Islands were among our top three frequented destinations last year for our rescue helicopter, it’s reassuring to know council appreciates the value of supporting our service.”

It costs more than $8.65 million annually to keep the world-class helicopter rescue service in the sky and a large proportion of this money came from community donations and sponsorship.