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Injune pilot honoured with community donation

The memory of an Injune helicopter pilot will be honoured with a donation of more than $20,000 to CareFlight at its Roma base today Tuesday, 19 April.

The Bymount community last month hosted a fun day known as “Red Day” which successfully raised an incredible $23,255 in memory of Jeff “Red” Dean, a local helicopter pilot who crashed while mustering on a property north of Mitchell last May.

Bymount Community organisation treasurer, friend and neighbour of the late chopper pilot, Donna Sutton, said CareFlight was a fitting charity of choice because it embodied the generosity of Red and his love of flying.

“Red was a close family friend, neighbour and valued member of our local community. He was a very generous, charity-minded person and gave a lot to our local community,” Ms Sutton said.

“CareFlight was a charity that was very close to his heart and he would often say how important the service was to our remote community.

“We wanted to do something special for Red, because he was a pilot and loved to help out others, and it was only fitting that the money should go to CareFlight.”

Red’s parents Vern and Margaret Dean will attend the cheque handover. Sarah Delahunty from CareFlight’s fundraising team will accept the cheque on behalf of the not-for-profit organisation.

“The generosity of the Bymount Community is exceptional, we are truly grateful for their donation,” said Ms/Mrs Delahunty.

“This donation will assist in bringing our essential life-saving services to those who live in remote rural communities.”

The “Red Day” community fundraising event featured numerous fun team challenges including dingo trap throwing and sand skiing.