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Sponsors witness CareFlight crews in action

New RACQ CareFlight sponsors Sekisui House found themselves part of the action at the Maroochydore base yesterday morning when crews were called to a mission during their cheque presentation.

The media event had to be expedited when the Sunshine Coast RACQ CareFlight rescue helicopter was urgently required to airlift a policeman who had fallen on the lower climbing tracks of Mount Tibrogargan in the Glasshouse Mountains.

CareFlight Deputy Chairman Don Moffatt and Sekisui House’s Evan Aldridge shook hands and posed for cameras for a $45,000 sponsorship package over three years, as the CareFlight crews prepared the helicopter for take-off.

Sekisui House, a global leader in building and construction made their first donation of $15,000 to CareFlight’s lifesaving rescue service yesterday, with the remaining funds to be distributed over the next two years.

Senior development manager Evan Aldridge said it was unique experience to see the CareFlight crews in action.

 “The fact we were there to see the crews prepare, and how efficient they are in getting ready is pretty impressive," he said.

"We are very happy to support a service that is free to the community."

The policeman was airlifted to Nambour Hospital where he was treated for arm and head injuries.

Last Sunday, the Sunshine Coast RACQ CareFlight Rescue crew had another difficult winch operation, rescuing two men caught on a ledge on Mount Beerwah in bad weather conditions and low visibility.

In the last year, the Maroochydore based rescue helicopter has performed 440 critical lifesaving missions across the region.