Heavy horse day to pull in the funds for LifeFlight
Yangan resident and longtime supporter of LifeFlight, Mick Bradford will host possibly his last ‘Heavy Horse Day’ this Sunday, showcasing farming equipment from the 1800s and 1900s to raise money for the LifeFlight Foundation.
The Heavy Horse Day is one of Warwick’s most anticipated annual events, treating attendees to a variety of historic displays including farming equipment, live heavy horse demonstrations, blacksmithing and more.
Now in its 17th year, the Heavy Horse Day and Mick’s fundraising efforts have helped to raise an extraordinary amount of funds for LifeFlight and its iconic RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter service – in excess of $105,000.
Mick won the Australia Day Community Event Award earlier this year for the Heavy Horse Day and his continued support of LifeFlight.
Up to 10 heavy horses will be put to work, using a variety of farming equipment from the 1800s and early 1900s to entertain guests and bring history to life.
Mick will also put on his famous ‘horse works’ – driven by four or two horses – to demonstrate water pumping, corn shelling, pumpkin slicing and wood cutting.
The family-friendly event will host an animal nursery and jumping castle for the kids. Market stalls, traditional ‘camp oven stew’ and damper will also be available for purchase.
The event will be a true reflection of pioneering Australian culture and a fitting tribute to those who farmed the Darling Downs and Toowoomba regions over the last 180 years.
Mick and his family are passionate supporters of LifeFlight and have seen the aeromedical service make a real difference in their community.
The LifeFlight Foundation’s core purpose is to fund and support the efforts of LifeFlight Australia’s aeromedical service which helps more than 5,000 sick or injured Queenslanders each year.
The Toowoomba RACQ LifeFlight Rescue base is one of the State’s busiest. Since operations began in the local region in 2006, the Toowoomba-based RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter has performed more than 3,300 lifesaving airlifts.
LifeFlight Foundation’s Community Engagement Officer for the South-West, Amy Luhrs said the Heavy Horse Day would help LifeFlight continue its vital community service.
“Every mission we fly costs $12,500 but we rely on the support of our passionate south-west community to keep us in the air,” she said.
“Mick’s Heavy Horse Day has supported LifeFlight for 17years and we thank him and his family for their ongoing commitment to saving lives, while entertaining us with amazing historical demonstrations many of us would otherwise never have the chance to see.
“The Heavy Horse Day is a true reflection of the south-west community’s spirit and resilience, something our crews see every day in the lives they help to save.”
The Heavy Horse Day will be held at Mick’s property on Sunday from 9am-4pm, 122 Swanfels Road, Yangan, Queensland, Australia 4371.
Admission is $10 per adult and children under 15 are free. All proceeds raised on the door will be donated to the LifeFlight Foundation.
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 funded and supported by the LifeFlight Foundation
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