The iconic blue and yellow helicopter has become a frequent sight in the North-West region, and on Saturday the service showed its commitment to the Mount Isa community by flying Mayor Joyce McCulloch and the coveted Mount Isa Cup into the historical Mount Isa Race Club.
Pilot Mike Slattery and Aircrewman Jim Lillecrapp said they were humbled by the support from local businesses and the community on Saturday, as they were presented with a cheque for $15,880 from the Malouf Auto Group in Mount Isa.
Malouf Auto group is one of many generous sponsors who help keep the local rescue helicopter in the air and saving lives.
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 in 2007. The service is extremely important to the region and we look forward to many years of the RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter helping save lives in the Mount Isa community,” said Mr Malouf.
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.”
The Mount Isa-based LifeFlight helicopter has already had a record year, surpassing its total number of missions in 2015-2016. The crew has flown 47 missions since 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://www.lifeflight.org.au/page/support-us/