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Clive Berghofer honoured by CareFlight

South West Queensland legend Clive Berghofer’s dedication to the community and RACQ CareFlight Rescue will be honoured today with the lifesaving service naming a helicopter in his honour.

“Clive was a key supporter of CareFlight being based in South West Queensland,” CareFlight Chairman and former Queensland Premier the Hon. Rob Borbidge A.O. said.

“Last year 477 missions were flown from the Toowoomba Base.

“It’s a testament to the work that Clive and so many other people do in this community to support their RACQ CareFlight Rescue.”

Mr Berghofer, a well-known philanthropist, has donated a million dollars to the service in ten years.

The Toowoomba hangar is also named in his honour.

“As a key supporter Clive’s name is already on the side of the helicopter,” Mr Borbidge said.

“But the naming of the Toowoomba helicopter is a permanent reminder of what this man has done for his community.”

In honour of Mr Berghofer’s continued support of RACQ CareFlight Rescue Mr Borbidge will unveil the newly renamed Clive Berghofer rescue helicopter in Toowoomba today (April 15) at 12.30pm.

Toowoomba Mayor Paul Antonio will also be attending today’s ceremony, which will be held in the original CareFlight Hangar at the Clive Berghofer CareFlight Centre in Toowoomba during a special lunch.

The event will provide some great social photo opportunities and all media are invited to attend.

Last year a third of all RACQ CareFlight Rescue missions involved patients in Queensland’s South West.

Since RACQ CareFlight Rescue began flying from its Toowoomba base in 2006 it has treated and transferred more than 1,648 patients.