The aeromedical care provider services a large part of Queensland, including the rural communities surrounding New Hope’s New Acland Mine near Oakey.
LifeFlight Foundation CEO Leanne Angel said New Hope’s support had made a real difference to hundreds of Queenslanders in their greatest hour of need.
“Each of our rescue missions cost in excess of $12,500 so we rely heavily on our corporate partners and dedicated community members to keep our helicopters in the air and saving lives,” Ms Angel said.
“Last financial year there were 206 missions performed in the Southern Downs region, 204 in the Western Downs and 165 in and around Toowoomba.”
“Our partnership with New Hope has helped us saved hundreds of lives in the area.”’
Launched in 2011, the New Hope LifeFlight partnership financially supports the operational costs of the RACQ LifeFlight Rescue Helicopter service and champions a number of rural safety initiatives rolled out to communities around New Acland Mine.
“Beyond supporting some of our operational costs, like aircraft maintenance and fuel, New Hope has partnered with us to help prevent accidents and improve health and safety in the communities around New Acland Mine,” Ms Angel said.
“We are proud of our six-year partnership and the strong ties we have built together in our local community.”
General Manager of New Acland Mine David Vink said New Hope was initially inspired to help support the rescue service following its emergency response in the 2011 Queensland floods.
“LifeFlight provides an invaluable service to our community, especially to those living in more rural areas which can be a long drive away from the nearest hospital,” David said.
“Working on a mine site means we take safety very seriously and we have our own Emergency Response Team that provides New Acland with highly-skilled first-responders 24 hours a day.”
“LifeFlight matches our passion and commitment to providing the highest level of safety possible and it has been a pleasure working with them to help support our community.”
2017 was a record year for LifeFlight for lifesaving missions with its aeromedical crews, community helicopters and Air Ambulance jets performing a record 5,344 missions throughout Queensland and around the world.
LifeFlight is a community-based charity funded and supported by the LifeFlight Foundation
To support the LifeFlight Foundation visit:www.lifeflightfoundation.org.au