Sunshine Coast LifeFlight Volunteer in for the long haul

​In 2001 David Woodrow thought volunteering for the local helicopter service would be ‘a good project’.

Little did he know that 16 years later he’d still be volunteering for LifeFlight - a world leader in aeromedical care and Australia's most diversified service with both a fixed and rotary wing fleet - and loving it.  

David – as part of the Alexandra Headland Rotary Club – has been with the service throughout its transformation to the name change last year from CareFlight to RACQ LifeFlight Rescue. He even has his own presentation on the history of the service, which he shows during hangar tours.

With his hard work and dedication, he’s helped to raise more than $300,000 for LifeFlight, and its predecessors CareFlight and Sunshine Coast Helicopter Rescue Service.

“I love the opportunity to support an essential community service,” he said.

It’s no surprise that as a former high school Principal, David most enjoys meeting past students and parents who have called on the service in their time of need.  

“You get a sense of satisfaction contributing to something worthwhile,” he said.

Last year the Sunshine Coast-based RACQ LifeFlight Rescue Helicopter flew 483 lifesaving missions, which cost the charity $6 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 its fantastic community events, selling merchandise and conductting hangar tours.

Signing up to volunteer is easy - find out how