RACQ LifeFlight Rescue celebrates 40 years of service in style
Since 1979, LifeFlight has come to aid of more than 50,000 people and last night's "Hutchinson Builders Flying Forties LifeFlight Ball" at the Sunshine Coast paid to tribute to that proud history.
A record crowd of more than 470 special guests were part of the evening, toasting the milestone occasion with bubbles and beer.
Founding members of the Sunshine Coast arm of the service were in attendance; their legacy recognised in a moving tribute.
A reminder of how far the service has come since its first airlift, on the Sunshine Coast, in 1979.
"Locally, the Sunshine Coast crews were among the organisation's busiest last year, with 467 missions flown," LifeFlight Chairman, Hon Rob Borbidge AO said.
Past patients of RACQ LifeFlight Rescue also joined the guest list, including celebrity chief, Matt Golinski who was airlifted with major burns after a heartbreaking house fire in Tewantin eight years ago.
The celebrity chief shared his incredible story of survival to the captivated crowd; a shining example of taking an overwhelming tragedy and using it as motivation to help others.
"I'm in a state where I can keep doing what I love. I've got a beautiful partner, a beautiful child and everything else, so it's really nice," Matt said.
"It's a really important service for the entire community, and it relies on donations."
For other past patients of RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter and their families,the night was a reminder of their battle and the role the service played in their survival.
The aeromedical service RACQ LifeFlight Rescue provides is world-class and comes to at no cost to patients. The service has to make up 30% of the operational costs of lifesaving missions and this is raised through sponsors, donors and events like "Hutchinson Builders Flying Forties LifeFlight Ball".