Golf day raises awareness

RACQ LifeFlight Rescue Wide Bay/Burnett Advisory Committee members Dale Rethamel and Neil McPhillips are keen to get out on the course for the golf day.

By Angela Norval

With plenty of preparations going on behind the scenes, the LifeFlight Rescue team is encouraging the community to buy tickets for the upcoming RACQ LifeFlight Rescue Bundaberg Golf Day.

Held on Friday 8 October, registration is from 10am with tee-off at 11am at the Bundaberg Golf Club.

LifeFlight’s Wide Bay/Burnett Advisory Committee chair Neil McPhillips said it was a fantastic day out and the beauty was participants didn’t have to be champion golfers as it was also a really good social day out.

“Golf days like this are very important as it creates awareness of the essential service that LifeFlight provides in the Wide Bay/Burnett region,” he said.

“There is around a 30 per cent gap in government funding for the aeromedical service so through golf days like this we need to make it up because people often forget that it costs approximately $25,000 every time this valuable service takes to the air.”

Fellow committee member Dale Rethamel said the day was a wonderful way for LifeFlight to make itself known in the region for the vital and lifesaving service it truly was.

“Integral fund-raising allows the continuation of this service in the extensive Wide Bay/Burnett region as it is able to access places that ambulance services cannot reach by road, or transport patients to hospital in a fast and efficient manner,” he said.

Tickets can be purchased from community engagement and activities co-ordinator Sarah Biddle on 0408 206 510 or sarah.biddle@lifeflight.org.au.