The crew of the Mount Isa-based LifeFlight helicopter has been tasked with the mission to fly Mount Isa Mayor Joyce McCulloch and the coveted Mount Isa Cup into the historical Mount Isa Race Club.
At 3.10pm, RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter will land inside a fenced area of the track (subject to patient rescue mission tasking), where the Mayor will emerge from the chopper to deliver the sought-after trophy for the city’s biggest race meeting.
At the event, LifeFlight Pilot Mike Slattery and Aircrewman Jim Lillecrapp will also be presented with a cheque for $15,880 from the Malouf Auto Group in Mount Isa as a donation to the lifesaving charity.
LifeFlight Corporate Partnerships Manager Karen Laws said: “The support from Malouf Auto Group and other local businesses is vital in ensuring we can maintain a critical care helicopter rescue service for the North West communities.
“In these rugged and remote locations, the ability to land directly at the scene of the incident or accident and provide emergency medical assistance, both on site and during the transfer to a medical facility, significantly improves the survival and recovery prospects for the patient.
“We appreciate their dedication and support in helping LifeFlight provide a blanket of care to their community.”
Malouf Auto Group’s Paul Malouf said their business had been a long term sponsor of the Mount Isa-based rescue helicopter and was proud to continue this sponsorship with LifeFlight.
“We have been there since the beginning. The service is extremely important to the region and we look forward to many years of the RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter helping the Mount Isa community,” said Mr Malouf.
The first race on the card at 1.30pm is the Malouf Auto Group and LifeFlight QTIS Maiden Plate over 1100m.
The Mount Isa-based LifeFlight crew has flown 45 missions since taking over the service on July 1, 2015, which includes a range of critical care airlifts including patient injuries resulting from horse falls, snake bites, motor vehicle accidents, cardiac conditions and serious abdominal injuries.
LifeFlight is a community-based charity that relies on donations from the public and community support.
To support LifeFlight visit:https://lifeflight.org.au/page/support-us/