Helping Save Lives

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Staff at the Harwood Sugar Mill were the proud recipients of a plaque from the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service this week.

Through payroll contributions, the Sunshine Sugar workforce has donated over $250,000 to this important and valuable local service.

Since 1975 the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service has grown from a part-time voluntary summer beach patrol to world-class aeromedical search and rescue operation.

Today, the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service operates 4 aircraft and undertakes more than 1000 missions each year across the Hunter, New England – North West, Central Coast, Central West and Mid North Coast regions. This area covers approximately 132,000 square kilometers and includes a population of 1.2 million people.

On the back of continued community support, no-one has ever paid to be airlifted from an emergency.

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