Voice for Mining Family Day to Raise Money for Westpac Rescue Helicopter

June 23, 2017

The fifth annual Voice for Mining Family Day on Sunday 2 July at McDonald Jones Stadium will raise money for the region’s Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service to support the critical service it provides to the Hunter.


This year the NSW Minerals Council will sponsor a ‘High Ball Challenge’ at half time to raise money for the helicopter service.


Players from the BHP Hunter Valley Group 21 Rugby League competition and local miners from Mount Arthur Coal will each get a chance to catch a ball flung into the air from a high ball machine.


Each ball caught will net $100 for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service, and as an added incentive our local footballers will also receive $100 for their respective Group 21 club for each catch.


“Mining, Rugby League and organisations like the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service are integral to the Hunter community. That’s why we want to highlight the great work they do at half time on Voice for Mining Family Day,” NSW Minerals Council CEO, Stephen Galilee said today.


Knights fans and Mining families will get to see one of the service’s four new helicopters for the first time as it flies low over the stadium at halftime. These new larger choppers are more powerful and provide the Service with greater rescue capacity and range, which is great for our community..


“Our Hunter miners are some of the biggest supporters of this service in the region, through regular contributions from their pay every week, charitable events they organise and corporate giving from the region’s mining companies too. And with thousands of mining families and Newcastle Knights fans packing the stadium, this is a great way for us to say thanks on behalf of the whole community.”


Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service General Manager Richard Jones backed the support of the Hunter’s miners.


“Partnerships like those we share with the NSW Minerals Council, the Newcastle Knights and regular giving from the region’s mineworkers means we can keep providing this service to the community free of charge,” Mr Jones said.


“The ongoing commitment from the mining industry is extensive, providing assistance throughout our volunteer network and to the families of those who have been airlifted.”


The Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service has grown from a voluntary summer beach patrol in 1975 to a full-time aeromedical search and rescue operation. Four helicopters based in Newcastle, Tamworth and Lismore undertake over 1500 missions each year.


Contact: Harry Stutchbury | hstutchbury@nswmining.com.au | 0409 758 734 | 02 9274 1419


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