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RACQ CareFlight’s smallest patients benefit from new safety capsule

Some of RACQ CareFlight’s most precious patients, sick and injured children, are set to benefit with the Maroochydore Masonic Lodge donating a child rescue capsule to the service’s Sunshine Coast base tomorrow.

The capsule is part of a $3,400 donation of vital equipment to the service.

RACQ CareFlight Chief Aircrewman Tony Preston said the capsule ensures RACQ CareFlight’s smallest patients can be quickly and safely secured during winch rescues.

“Children by their very size can be difficult to winch and this state of the art capsule provides peace of mind to everyone involved,” he said.

But children aren’t the only ones benefiting from the kindness of the long-standing community group.

The Lodge will also donate eight personal flotation devices to be used by RACQ CareFlight  crews during swift water rescues.

RACQ CareFlight Rescue relies heavily on the hard work and generosity of community groups like the Maroochydore Masonic Lodge to secure these vital pieces of rescue equipment.

“The child rescue capsule and the personal flotation devices were items high on our wish list and the hard work of the Maroochydore Masonic Lodge has made them a reality,” Mr Preston said.

“Their efforts ensure we can continue to provide specialist medical care to people, young and old, at times when they need our help most,” Mr Preston said.

And the Maroochydore Masonic Lodge is only too happy to help out.

Treasurer Del Linkhorn, a former helicopter pilot himself, said the Service holds a special place in his heart.

“Charity work is a basic principle of Freemasonry and Queensland members raise hundreds of thousands of dollars each year for not-for-profit organisations like RACQ CareFlight Rescue,” Mr Linkhorn said.

“We’re all about helping those who help others.”