Rapt in CareFlight help at Robina Shopping Centre
JULIE Dever has good reason to be thankful for the RACQ CareFlight Rescue service.
When her husband needed urgent medical treatment, CareFlight was there for him.
"My husband had an accident in 1985 in NSW," Julie said. "He had a broken neck. It was a water skiing race. I need to pay them back for what they did for him.
"I saw an ad in the local paper wanting volunteers. "I've been helping them out whenever I'm able."
For the past five festive seasons, Julie has volunteered for the gift-wrapping stall at Robina Town Centre.
The most unusual gift she was asked to wrap was a wooden giraffe almost as tall as herself.
"I generally do three days a week ... a shift goes for four hours," she said.
"One hundred per cent of the money goes to CareFlight."
CareFlight's regional fundraising assistant Chris Brun says volunteers are still needed for the Robina gift-wrapping stall from December 14 to 24.
"It's the seventh year the gift wrap has been held and all donations will be put to good use over the notoriously busy Christmas season, allowing our dedicated rescue crews to treat and transport hundreds of people across Queensland," he said.
"More than 10,000 presents are expected to be wrapped in the next few weeks and shoppers can have their gifts wrapped for a gold coin donation to the lifesaving chopper service."
The wrapping booth will be located near Santa's seat outside Myer.
Anyone willing to donate their time can call Chris on 07 5665 5853.
A world leader in aeromedical care, CareFlight helps seriously ill and injured patients around Australia and the world to quickly get the medical care they need.