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Maidenwell swings into axe-tion to support LifeFlight

The small country town of Maidenwell will be anything but a 'small town' this weekend, with hundreds expected to flock to the 2017 Maidenwell Woodchop. 

The event will be the South Burnett's first ever two-day festival devoted to woodchopping and post-ripping, which will help raise vital funds for the LifeFlight Foundation. 

The Maidenwell Community Hall will play host to the RACQ LifeFlight Rescue charity dinner on Saturday night.

The event will be put on by the Maidenwell Community Group, with more than 10 thousand dollars expected to be raised for the LifeFlight Foundation.
 
Taking a slice of the sporting action is Australia's only one-armed competitive woodchopper, Nick Fredriksen, who was airlifted by RACQ LifeFlight Rescue more than 20 years ago. 

Nick was involved in a serious farm accident which resulted in his arm being amputated.

He's since gone on to achieve international fame and success, recently travelling to the UK to compete in the Royal Welsh Show after videos of his one-armed woodchopping achievements went viral.

Nick needed a second aeromedical lift in 2003 after he had another accident, crashing through glass louvres.

With each LifeFlight airlift costing around $12,000 he has set himself a fundraising target of $24,000.

Nick said he's proud to be competing at the Maidenwell Woodchop as it's supporting such a worthwhile cause.

"It's so important to me to give back to areomedical services, like LifeFlight, because I've needed the, myself twice and I know how much of a difference they make," said Nick. 

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.

To support the LifeFlight Foundation visit:
www.lifeflightfoundation.org.au