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In the lead up to Christmas we became increasingly worried about my mother-in-law, Marietta, in Canberra.

She called us at 5am one morning in great distress; we arranged an ambulance for her and she was taken to hospital. It was the time of lockdown in ACT, so no one was permitted to visit; she had also been a close contact of a covid case while in the emergency department and so was put in isolation. There was an announcement about the border opening and so my husband Greg, stepdaughter Issy and I booked flights immediately. By this stage we learned Marietta, or Granny M as the kids call her, was terminally ill. Fortunately, we managed to get a special exemption to spend time at her bedside.

Marietta passed away on Boxing Day; may she rest in peace.

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I had heard stories of Marietta’s charitable giving but in the subsequent weeks, as we got her estate in order, I began to realise the magnitude of her kindness. Marietta determined she didn’t need much in life and so focussed on the needs of others. I found a notebook with 26 charities listed, she had noted every gift and worked on a rotation system.

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She had kept many of the letters, like this one, and as I read through her correspondence I realised there were several organisations she had been supporting for over 20 years.

It is because of the Marietta’s of this world that services like the Rescue Helicopter keep going; it is because of people like you, thank you so much for your continued support.

 

PLEASE HELP SUPPORT OUR COMMUNITY AND KEEP THE SERVICE GOING WITH A LIFE-SAVING DONATION TODAY!

 

As Declan Smiddy, Chief Operations Officer (COO) at GCH Aviation, operator of the Westpac and ROA Mining Rescue Helicopters explains, ‘Recent rescue missions have included responses to cardiac arrests, STEMIs, strokes, allergies, haemorrhaging, seizures, drownings, motor vehicle accidents, diabetes, trauma incidents, abdominal issues, pregnancy complications, breathing problems, dislocations, fractures, search and rescues as well as many inter-hospital transfers.

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The reality is that this work continues no matter what is happening with Covid so we need to ensure we can keep going.

This appeal will fund the training our pilots and crew go annually which is absolutely essential as each time they respond to an emergency different skills are required.

The crew are incredibly skilled, well trained and with the highest level of clinical skills. Everyone on the crew has their part to play on each mission, the teamwork must be seamless. What amazes me the most is that they can go out on a harrowing or traumatic mission then they effectively “brush themselves off” and face the next mission.”

 

Not only do we need to raise monies to support lifesaving missions, there is also the need to support training. As Declan states, it is the training that enables our crew to execute these challenging rescues.

PLEASE HELP US TO RAISE $195,000 TO KEEP OUR CREW SAFE, TRAINED AND SAVING LIVES.