Fundraising guns recognised

Fundraising guns recognised

Phil Bennetts, Tim Oliver, and Mal and Judy Gray with the certificate recognising the Friends of Snowy Hydro SouthCare Tumut Chapter.
Phil Bennetts, Tim Oliver, and Mal and Judy Gray with the certificate recognising the Friends of Snowy Hydro SouthCare Tumut Chapter.

The Friends of Snowy Hydro SouthCare Tumut Chapter have been nominated for the NSW Volunteer Team of the Year Award.

The Tumut chapter has raised over $20, 000 in the past year for the medical helicopter service. In the past 10 years they have raised over $200, 000.

“The remarkable fundraising tally from the team at Tumut represents a community legacy of people in situations of dire trauma being provided a second chance at life,” said a Snowy Hydro SouthCare spokesperson.

“These funds are critical as they go towards crew training, acute care medical equipment and the overall cost of conducting life-saving missions to our service area of southern NSW and ACT.”

“The Tumut Chapter was also instrumental in the planning and implementation of the helipad construction project at Tumut hospital which has proved to be vital for the health and well-being of local patients and providing an efficient rescue helicopter service.”

The rescue helicopter was deployed to Tumut and the surrounding region 75 times in the past year.

The Friends of Snowy Hydro SouthCare Tumut chapter has eight members: Mal and Judy Gray, Phil and Valerie Bennetts, Ron and Pat Morrison, and Tim and Deb Oliver.

Tim Oliver said the vital service provided by the helicopter was what drives the chapter to keep fundraising.

“It was a great honour to be nominated, for the whole chapter. We’ve been doing it for a number of years now and to be recognised is very fulfilling,” he said.

“We need Southcare in the area, it’s a great organisation and it helps save lives. I’ve been associated with them since their inception in 1998, and it’s a very rewarding thing.”

Over 100,000 volunteers from 7,500 organisations applied for the Volunteer of the Year awards this year.

Chief Executive Officer of The Centre for Volunteering Gemma Rygate said volunteers improve people’s lives by helping out, keeping people connected and creating a sense of belonging in communities.

“Volunteering is in the DNA of Australians: In NSW more than 2.3 million people volunteer – if volunteering were an industry it would employ more people than any other sector including mining and tourism,” Ms Rygate said.

The winner in the Volunteer Team category for the South Coast/Southern Inland region were the Miracle Assistant Dogs.