The Pittsworth community has felt the benefits of the RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter service, with two serious accidents rocking the small town this year and have pledged to donate all funds raised at their breakfast to the LifeFlight Foundation.
Two young children were airlifted by the Toowoomba-based RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter in late June after they were hit by a ute in Pittsworth’s main street.
The brother and sister suffered life-threatening injuries and were airlifted to the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital in Brisbane, where they have since made a good recovery.
The town was again shaken two months ago when an employee from the Pittsworth Council was involved in a serious motor vehicle accident and was airlifted by RACQ LifeFlight Rescue crew to the Princess Alexandra Hospital (PAH) in Brisbane, where he remains in the neurological rehabilitation unit.
Former Toowoomba Regional Councillor and Pittsworth Mayor, Ros Scotney said without LifeFlight, the outcomes would have been very different.
“These two events affected the town badly. It was great that LifeFlight could be there to get them to Brisbane so quickly,” she said.
“The two children are now back at school and the Council employee is under rehabilitation in hospital.”
In its third year, the Mayoral Prayer Breakfast and Golf Day has supported a number of worthwhile charities which have had a real impact on the Pittsworth community.
Attendees will be treated to breakfast, an address from Toowoomba Regional Councillor Paul Antonio, and prayers from Ministers from Pittsworth’s local churches.
Helicopter moneyboxes will sit on each table and a raffle will be run to help raise vital funds for the LifeFlight Foundation, which supports the RACQ LifeFlight Rescue service.
Past patient, Sandy Morris will also speak at the breakfast, sharing his remarkable tale of survival after he was airlifted from Gatton Showgrounds following a string of serious seizures which nearly cost him his life.
Sandy hopes sharing his story will demonstrate the importance of the rescue helicopter service in small, regional south-west towns like Pittsworth and inspire breakfast-goers to dig deep.
LifeFlight’s Community Engagement Officer for the south-west, Amy Luhrs said the money raised at this year’s Mayoral Prayer Breakfast and Golf Day will help save more lives in the south-west region.
“The Pittsworth community have been rocked by several tragedies this year but LifeFlight was able to be there to give these patients a second at chance at life. Without the RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter service, these Pittsworth locals would not be here today,” Amy said.
‘The money raised at community events such as the Mayoral Prayer Breakfast help us cover nearly 30% of operating costs to ensure the RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopters can be there for anyone, anywhere, anytime.”
The breakfast will be held at Pittsworth Golf Club, Thursday October 19, with Mayor Antonio teeing off at 8am for a game of ‘hit and miss’ on the golf course following the event.
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2016-17 was a record year for LifeFlight for lifesaving missions with its aeromedical crews, community helicopters and Air Ambulance jets performing a record 5,342 missions throughout Queensland and around the world.
LifeFlight is a community-based charity that relies on donations from the public and community support to the LifeFlight Foundation.
To support the LifeFlight Foundation visit:www.lifeflightfoundation.org.au