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Local dad giving ‘life’ to others

Cardell Turner didn’t think he’d live to see his wife or kids again, let alone have the chance to make a tangible difference to the rescue helicopter service which saved his life last September.

Cardell was airlifted by RACQ LifeFlight Rescue after he broke 12 ribs, several vertebrae, punctured his lung and cracked his chest wall in an horrific dirt bike accident which occurred on forest trails near Cherbourg. 

Cardell was given what he thought might be a final kiss goodbye from his wife, Lois and young children Maddie and Rutland as he lay struggling to breathe in the hospital bed. 

Against all odds and with the expert care offered by RACQ LifeFlight Rescue– including LifeFlight Critical Care doctor, Nader El-Rabih – Cardell pulled through his extensive injuries, and 12 months on has returned to a fairly ‘normal’ life. 

The Wondai local has pledged to give back to LifeFlight by championing the inaugural ‘Family Fun Day in the Park,’ a new event on the South Burnett calendar.

‘Family Fun Day in the Park’ will benefit the LifeFlight Foundation, a community-based organisation that supports the LifeFlight helicopter rescue service.

Cardell is the driving force behind the new fundraiser and is asking local businesses to dig deep and help sponsor the event.

A range of family-friendly activities will be on offer including pig racing, a ‘dunk tank’, Queensland Fire and Rescue Service (QFES) car crash rescue simulation, free jumping castle, a raffle and more.

The main event - pig racing - will offer unique sponsorship opportunities for local businesses including the purchase of naming rights for each pig and race.

Pig races will be run as a sweepstake and in conjunction with the raffle.

Local Kingaroy personalities are also being encouraged to take a brave step forward and register for the ‘dunk tank.’ 

South Burnett Regional Councillor, Ros Heit has even put her name on the line for charity.

As someone who has felt the first-hand effects of RACQ LifeFlight Rescue, Cardell is passionate about raising awareness and much needed funds for the LifeFlight Foundation.

"RACQ LifeFlight Rescue gave my body the critical first responder treatment it needed to give me a fighting chance of survival,” said Cardell. 

"In our vast and remote South Burnett region, it is imperative we have a service such as LifeFlight which can arrive at the scene of farm, traffic and sporting accidents quickly.

“The time saved by airlifting patients in a helicopter can truly be the difference between life and death.”

RACQ LifeFlight Rescue performed 300 missions in the South Burnett region last financial year, performing 263 inter-hospital transfers, landing at the scene of 29 accidents, airlifting seven neonatal babies and conducting one search and rescue.

If you would like to join Cardell’s fight for life, please consider sponsoring or donating to his event on 0428174957 or email Alternatively, LifeFlight Foundation Community Engagement Officer, Nicole Bloom can be emailed at

‘Family Fun Day in the Park’ will be held at Memorial Park in Kingaroy on the 30th of September from 9am – 4pm.