The large sum has been donated through the church’s Grace Fund for the tireless efforts and commitment RACQ CareFlight Rescue gave to the community during one of Queensland’s worst disasters.
The contribution has helped fund a major 2,400 hour aircraft service on the Bundaberg based helicopter.
After almost two months’ worth of maintenance, the aircraft was brought back to its Bundaberg hangar in late November and is now continuing to save more local lives.
It’s the first time St John’s has supported the service and Chairman Ross Ridge said the church was only too happy to help out organisations which make it their mission to help others.
“When we heard the local helicopter required a major service we decided to return the favour,” Mr Ridge said.
RACQ CareFlight Rescue North Coast Relationship Manager, Angela Miles, welcomed the generous donation and thanked the church for its support.
“We rely so heavily on the kindness of the community and groups like St John’s to fund many overheads,” Mrs Miles said.
“Aircraft maintenance cannot be compromised and certainly is one of the more costly outcomes of providing an emergency air-medical retrieval service to the community.
“The total cost for this service was more than $100,000 which is what makes St John’s contribution so significant,” said Mrs Miles.