New Hope and LifeFlight partnership shares rich history
New Hope and LifeFlight celebrated their illustrious six-year partnership which has seen over $1 million donated to the south-west based RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter service with a special presentation at LifeFlight’s head office last week (April 11).
New Hope initially commenced supporting LifeFlight’s corporate giving program over nine years ago and since then the relationship has strengthened into the current partnership which has been instrumental in helping fund and establish a rescue helicopter base in Toowoomba.
After the devastating floods which rocked the south-west community in 2011, New Hope Group generously donated $300,000 to support the ongoing emergency response provided by RACQ LifeFlight Rescue during that time.
This marked the beginning of a long-standing major partnership between the two organisations.
Since the Toowoomba RACQ LifeFlight Rescue base was established in 2006, support from Corporate Partners such as New Hope has allowed the base to grow into a sustainable operation and LifeFlight’s second busiest base.
Last year, the Toowoomba RACQ LifeFlight Rescue chopper flew 606 lifesaving missions across the Darling Downs.
LifeFlight’s Deputy Chairman, Hon. Mr Jim Elder thanked New Hope for their continued support.
“LifeFlight is grateful for the social outcomes we have been able to deliver together in partnership with New Hope,” said Mr Elder.
“We are looking forward to working with New Hope on the next stage of their partnership and are planning some exciting new initiatives.
“Together we will keep working to positively impact south-west Queensland communities.”
New Hope Group Managing Director Shane Stephan said an important part of the partnership was the Rural Safety program.
“We developed the Rural Safety Program in 2016 as a means to focus on increasing safety outcomes for the rural communities around New Acland Mine,” Mr Stephan said.
“The Program includes the provision of community first aid kits in accessible locations in rural communities around New Acland Mine and a series of rural safety workshops designed to increase safety awareness for rural landholders.”
“It’s been an incredibly rewarding program to be a part of and we’re looking forward to launching it into our local schools soon.”
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.
In 2018 the New Hope LifeFlight program is being expanded to reach younger family members by offering age-appropriate skill development within local schools around the New Acland Area.
LifeFlight is a community-based charity funded and supported by the LifeFlight Foundation.
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