Mayor’s Charity Ball Raises Record Amount for Rescue Chopper

Mayor Willcox has handed over a cheque for a record $87,797 to RACQ CQ Rescue – the proceeds from from the 2018 Mayor’s Charity Ball, held in July. The Mayor says the service is vital for the region.

“For over 22 years RACQ CQ Rescue has been on call for our residents in their hour of need. These funds, on behalf of our community, will help ensure they continue to provide their lifesaving service to the Whitsunday 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 to save the day for our residents 24/7, 365 days a year.”

“From Collinsville to Bowen, Proserpine, Airlie Beach and everywhere in between, we are lucky to boast such a supportive Whitsunday community.”

RACQ CQ Rescue CEO Ian Rowan says the proceeds of the Whitsunday Mayor’s Ball would 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.