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CareFlight to host Community Open Day

Locals are invited to take a rare behind-the-scenes look at RACQ CareFlight Rescue’s operations on Saturday 14 November when the service opens its hangar doors for the CareFlight Community Open Day.

The special event is the first chance supporters will have to see the new crew sleeping quarters, funded by the community through the recent Beds For Our Base Project.

“It’s a great chance to show the community up close which pieces of equipment and facilities their donations have helped purchase,” CareFlight’s South West Fundraising Manager Sarah Delahunty said.

“Over the past few months, the local community helped us raise $60,000 to fund the Beds For Our Base Project and we’re very excited to finally be able to show off the new facility.”

The new crew quarters will reduce the service’s night time response, save money on accommodation costs, improve safety and give CareFlight’s heroes on the frontline a more efficient space to conduct their lifesaving work.

“The community day is a great way to officially launch our new crew quarters while thanking the community and supporters who donated to the vital project,” Ms Delahunty said.

The CareFlight Community Open Day on Saturday 14 November will run from 8am – 1pm and will feature guided tours of the hangar and helicopter, prizes, giveaways, family entertainment and meet and greets with the rescue crew.

A barbeque and light refreshments will be available for a small fee, with all proceeds donated to CareFlight.

“People may even get the chance to see the helicopter and crew take off, on their way to assist someone in need,” Ms Delahunty said.

“We encourage people to join us at the Open Day, meet the CareFlight crew and celebrate CareFlight Toowoomba’s wonderful new asset,” she said.

Entry is a gold coin donation to the charitable service. CareFlight’s Toowoomba hangar is located on 180 McDougall Street, Toowoomba. The event is presented by New Hope Group.