Marine Rescue retiree joins LifeFlight
As part of National Volunteer Week (May 8 – 14) LifeFlight is celebrating the hard work its ‘team on the ground’ does, to help keep its crews and helicopters in the sky.
Six years ago Gold Coast resident Graham Wilson spotted an ad in the local newspaper, requesting volunteers to join LifeFlight - a world leader in aeromedical care and Australia's most diversified service with both a fixed and rotary wing fleet .
Having recently retired from the Volunteer Marine Rescue – and having community service and a commitment for helping people in his blood - Graham decided to give it a go.
“When I started, I did not know if I would like the work or if I would be suitable. I soon realised how important the service LifeFlight (formerly CareFlight) provides is and how dedicated the people are,” Graham remembers.
“There is something quite special and unique about an organisation that lives, breathes and operates 24/7 so that patients – in their hour of need – can be provided with world class medical care and be later reunited with their loved ones.”
Graham has been a LifeFlight volunteer since 2011, based at the Gold Coast fundraising office. Day-to-day he assists staff with opening mail, mail-outs, updating records, filing and research. He’s also available as guest speaker at events and functions.
“I have been privileged to meet many patients and hear of their experiences,” he said.
“In all sections of the organisation I have been impressed by the way people are always going the extra yard and how their attitude makes LifeFlight so great. I love being with these people.
“Also, they are much younger than me which keeps me young too.”
Last year RACQ LifeFlight Rescue flew 1957 lifesaving missions, which cost the charity more than $24 million. It takes help from our dedicated volunteers in the office, at fund raising events, and in the community, to help keep LifeFlight’s lifesaving crews and helicopters in the sky. Since 1981, LifeFlight has been a vital lifesaving part of Queensland. Now in its 36th full year of operation, LifeFlight has flown over 46,000 critical rescue missions.
Each year more than 100 people around Queensland donate their time to LifeFlight at its five community helicopter bases to help provide rapid response medical care to the community.
“Volunteers are an important part of our LifeFlight family. We simply could not do our work without them. Each volunteer has their own story to share and bring skills unique to their life experiences,” said LifeFlight Community Engagement Manager Vicki James.
Vicki says LifeFlight still needs more volunteers to support community events, selling merchandise and conducting hangar tours.
Signing up to volunteer is easy - click here to find out how