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Toowoomba digs deep in a weekend of charity festivities

The Toowoomba and South West region hosted two fundraising events in support of RACQ LifeFlight Rescue over the weekend - the Charnelle Charolais sperm cattle auction and the Mountain Man motocross event - which raised around $12,000.

The Charnelle Charolais sperm charity cattle auction at Toowoomba Showgrounds sold a range of high-end semen and embryo packages, giving breeders the chance to ‘beef-up’ their gene pool in support of aeromedical services.

The grand total is still being tallied but organiser of the charity sale, Graham Blanch, said the amount raised was much higher than originally anticipated.

“To say we had a very successful day at our Charolais female and Genetics sale is an understatement. We were hoping to raise between $5,000 and $10,000 overall but it is looking to be over $20,000,” said Graham.

Sales will be equally distributed between RACQ LifeFlight Rescue and the Royal Flying Doctor Services, two aeromedical services which have become the backbone of medical health in the Toowoomba and South West regions.

The Toowoomba community also dug deep over the weekend with money raised at the annual Mountain Man motocross event also going towards RACQ LifeFlight Rescue.

Motocross racers and enthusiasts gathered in large numbers at Echo Valley racetrack and watched the action unfold over a series of racing events, with one racer, Kirk Gibbs eventually being crowned, “King of the Mountain”.

Spectators and racers alike know all too well the importance of rescue helicopters in the motocross community, with RACQ LifeFlight being called to more than 107 motorcycle accidents across Queensland last calendar year.

Past patient, Bryan Flemming was rescued by LifeFlight in 2009 on the Echo Valley racetrack after he miscalculated a jump and broke his neck.

Now a quadriplegic, Bryan was at the Mountain Man event showing his support for the organisation.

“Every time I see the helicopter fly overhead, my heart goes out to the people it’s racing to save,” Bryan said. 

“I look up and think how lucky we are to have this service. It can happen to anyone.”

RACQ LifeFlight Rescue Community Engagement for South-West, Nikki Bloom staffed the LifeFlight stall and said the donations, auctioned items and raffle tickets sold over the weekend would make a tangible difference in the lifesaving organisation.

“The money raised in both the Charolais sperm cattle auction and the Mountain Man event will go towards saving lives in the South West region,” Nikki said.

“Every dollar, every donation really helps to save a life. The support of the Toowoomba community over this weekend has been phenomenal. No one knows when it could be their friend, family or loved one affected. The support at these community events helps to ensure LifeFlight is around for not only them, but future generations.”