Local helicopter a saving grace in blue and yellow

It was announced in July that the State’s two biggest not-for-profit helicopter rescue services had merged under CareFlight, and the RACQ had embraced the Sunshine Coast Helicopter Rescue Service with a generous sponsorship agreement.

CareFlight Group Queensland CEO Ashley van de Velde said it was wonderful to see the helicopters and crew proudly flying the RACQ CareFlight Rescue colours.

“We didn’t want the helicopter off-line unnecessarily, so introducing the new colour scheme was scheduled at the same time as a major service,” Mr van de Velde said.

“We’re proud to serve the Sunshine Coast community and delighted to have had the RACQ on board as naming rights sponsor for two decades.”

The RACQ, Queensland’s largest club and motoring organisation, now sponsors CareFlight Rescue helicopters on the Gold and Sunshine Coasts, in Toowoomba and Bundaberg, along with three other services across Queensland.

“Like the RACQ, the helicopter rescue service provides peace of mind 24 hours a day, 365 days a year – not just for members, but for all Queenslanders,” RACQ President Geoff Leddy said.

“The work of the dedicated helicopter rescue crews can literally mean the difference between life and death – especially for motorists injured in car crashes – which is one of the key reasons we have continued to support CareFlight for the past 20 years.”

Another helicopter in the Sunshine Coast fleet will be repainted in the new livery in October when its major service is scheduled.

“The community must always come first,” Mr van de Velde said.