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CareFlight calls out for Mount Isa chopper patients

The RACQ CareFlight Rescue helicopter service is putting the call out to former NQ Rescue patients to join CareFlight’s Patient Rescue Club.

After merging with NQ Rescue on July 1, CareFlight’s Fundraising Officer Kara Glover says she’d like to track down as many former patients as possible and welcome them into the CareFlight Family.

“If you, or a family member, have been airlifted by NQ Rescue, we’d love to hear from you,” she said.

“Members of the Patient Rescue Club are invited to come to our hangar, meet the rescue crew and look through the chopper.”

As part of the Club, past patients receive invitations to exclusive functions and have the opportunity to get involved with CareFlight by volunteering at events or sharing their rescue story in CareFlight’s newsletter.

Members also receive an exclusive CareFlight gift that symbolises their special status with the charitable service.

“It can be quite beneficial for former patients to meet other patients who have been through similar experiences and to also meet the rescue crew,” Ms Glover said.

“CareFlight airlifts 1,400 people across Queensland each year so there are many former patients out there that we want to reach out to and invite to the Club.”

Former patients can phone Kara on 0498 002 511 or sign up to the Patient Rescue Club at www.careflight.org.au

“If you’re not a former patient, there’s still a way you can help out,” Ms Glover said.

“We’re also looking for someone in Mount Isa to volunteer around nine hours a week to re-stock our vending machines. The person must be Mine Site Inducted.

“The vending machines bring in around $60,000 annually for our service, so it’s a very important job and we’d love to hear from you if you’re interested in the role.”

To find out more about RACQ CareFlight Rescue’s lifesaving service in Mount Isa and across Queensland, please visit or shop at 24 West Street, Mount Isa or phone Kara on 0498 002 511.