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Charity golf day raises vital funds for LifeFlight

The Sunshine Coast aeromedical crew will now be better equipped when they're tasked with water-based missions thanks to money raised from the Ian Baker-Finch Charity Golf Day. 

The legendary Queensland and Australian golfer and golf commentator visited the RACQ LifeFlight Rescue Sunshine Coast base today to personally present a cheque for $4,500. 

The crew will receive 10 new wetsuits with the donation, ensuring their gear is up to scratch.

LifeFlight's Training and Checking Pilot, David Smith, said having the right water rescue gear is essential given the high number of water-based missions the crew is tasked with. 

"Not only is the helicopter a big cost but all the bits and pieces that go together to make sure everyone is safe and is using all the modern equipment, that doesn't come in cheap either," Mr Smith said. 

The new gear costs more than four thousand dollars but thanks to the Ian Baker-Finch Charity Golf Day it will come at no cost to LifeFlight.  

The Caloundra Golf Club, where the event was held, is close to Ian’s heart as it was the golf club where he served his apprenticeship before he launched into a stellar professional career. 

Having grown up at the Sunshine Coast Mr Baker-Finch understands how much people in this region rely on the help of the RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter service.

"As a community it’s important to support charities such as LifeFlight which really are there when we need them; it's great to come home and be able to give back," Ian said. 

2016-17 was a record year for LifeFlight for lifesaving missions with its aeromedical crews, community helicopters and Air Ambulance jets performing a record 5,342 missions throughout Queensland and around the world.

LifeFlight is a community-based charity that relies on donations from the public and community support to the LifeFlight Foundation.

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