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Bighearted organisations make vital medical upgrade possible

RACQ CareFlight is thrilled to announce that it's secured the $160,000 required to fund a vital medical equipment upgrade thanks to an incredibly generous group of local councils, trusts and foundations.

RACQ CareFlight's Executive Manager of Fundraising Leanne Angel said the astonishing show of support has the entire CareFlight family talking.

“In the 2010 – 2011 financial year we asked councils, trusts and foundations in our flight region to help us fund this critical medical equipment upgrade and 13 bighearted organisations dug deep making it possible.

"Together the organisations contributed almost $160,000 to fully fund the lifesaving equipment,” said Leanne.

A huge thank you must go to:

Gold Coast City Council, Gambling Community Benefit Fund, Aussie Farmers Foundation, Tweed Shire Council, Tarong Energy, Redland City Council, Moreton Bay Regional Council, Ipswich City Council, Goondiwindi Regional Council, Insurance Australia Limited, Bundaberg Masonic Lodge, Nerang RSL and Greenbank RSL.

The funding secured from these charitable organisations has allowed RACQ CareFlight to replace vital pieces of medical equipment used on board our fleet of rescue helicopters.

Upgrading the equipment to newer models provides RACQ CareFlight's medical teams with the most technologically-advanced tools to manage patients clinically in the out-of-hospital environment.

“The equipment purchased included monitors, ventilators and syringe drivers, just to name a few of the key items,” said Leanne.

RACQ CareFlight’s rescue helicopters are virtually flying Intensive Care Units equipped to treat critically injured patients when time is not on their side.

With a critical care doctor and paramedic on board every flight, RACQ CareFlight is regularly sent to life and death situations, often providing the first medical intervention at the scene of a serious accident or emergency.

The improvement in equipment will ensure that RACQ CareFlight's patients and their loved ones receive the best possible care during their time of need.

"We just can't say thank you enough to these charitable organisations for putting their hand up in support of a truly lifesaving cause," said Leanne.