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Lions Club gives back with lifesaving equipment donation

The Mooloolaba Lions Club has made a generous donation to support the RACQ LifeFlight service, purchasing three new flight helmets for the Sunshine Coast base.

The Lions Club toured the rescue facility today and saw first-hand how their support will help save lives, chatting with local RACQ LifeFlight Air Crewman, Scott Reeman about the importance of this donation. 

These new helmets will be worn by RACQ LifeFlight aeromedical crews while they are flying, providing maximum comfort, safety and state-of-the-art telecommunications, allowing crew members to easily communicate with one another while in the air. 

Each new Alpha Eagle Dual Visor Flight helmet is worth more than $3,500.

The Mooloolaba Lions Club have been longstanding supporters of LifeFlight, purchasing vital pieces of equipment for the base in the past. 

Lions Club Public Relations Officer, Peter Waylan said it was important for the Club to continue to support this vital community organisation.

“We decided to purchase these helmets after talking with RACQ LifeFlight crew members about how we could best help with the progressive upgrade of equipment for the base,” said Peter.

“The club has a longstanding commitment and prioritizes supporting the work of LifeFlight; there is a history of donations.

“We raise money through stall holder fees at the Fisherman Road markets held every Sunday in Maroochydore. These funds allow us to give back to the community not just locally, but regionally and internationally,” he said.

Fundraising Coordinator for the LifeFlight Foundation, Mandy Hentschel said these equipment donations make a real difference to saving lives in the community. 

“Supporting the work of LifeFlight with vital equipment or essential services can save us thousands of dollars every year,” she said.

“Thank you to the Lions Club for their continued support and commitment to our service.

“We always have a long shopping list of items to make our helicopters more efficient and effective in saving lives, and with the support of the Lions Club, we have crossed three off!”

Almost 500 lives were saved by the Sunshine Coast RACQ LifeFlight aeromedical crew last year. 
The top five patient injury and illness types were; 107 cardiac conditions, 85 on and off-road motor vehicle/cycle accidents, 36 falls, 29 stroke/neurological conditions and 19 respiratory conditions. 

2017 was a record year for LifeFlight for lifesaving missions with its aeromedical crews, community helicopters and Air Ambulance jets performing a record 5,344 missions throughout Queensland and around the world.

LifeFlight is a community-based charity funded and supported by the LifeFlight Foundation

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