Volunteer helps winter appeal take flight
A QUICK look at the list of missions that LifeFlight has been involved in gives an indication of how vital the service is.
LifeFlight has responded to car accidents, farm mishaps, snakebites, burns, truck rollovers, falls from horses, motorbikes, quad bikes; and a host of other medical emergencies.
Last year was a record year for LifeFlight for lifesaving missions with its aeromedical crews, community helicopters and Air Ambulance jets performing a record 5344 missions throughout Queensland and around the world.
When volunteer Graham Wilson first became involved with the charity six years ago, the service averaged just one mission a day.
"My present role with LifeFlight involves mainly office duties, opening mail, depositing the banking, filing, updating details on computer, research or any task which will help," Graham said.
"I also collect donations from collection boxes in my area.
"As well as donations, we get little notes. It's so touching. You hear the stories from patients."
Graham travels to the Robina office one day a week from his Bilinga home.
"I had previously conducted hangar tours at the airport and attended other functions," he said.
"LifeFlight provides rotary and fixed-wing medical assistance where and when most needed.
"I'm fortunate that I have not experienced LifeFlight's service personally. However, I'm privileged to have met flight and medical crews, staff and patients who have shared their experiences.
"They're amazing people, on the flights, in the office.
"I'm with younger people, you're part of the modern technology. You benefit from it."
LifeFlight Foundation has launched its Winter Appeal with the aim of raising $160,000.
Graham asks potential donors to consider that one day it could be them or a family member in need of the LifeFlight service.
From humble beginnings on the Gold Coast in 1981, LifeFlight has steadily become an icon of Queensland's skies and a lifeline to more than 45,000 people.
It operates 13 rescue helicopters and three air ambulance jets across 12 locations.
To support the LifeFlight Foundation, visit www.lifeflightfoundation.org.au.
Donations of more than $2 are tax-deductible. More volunteers are also needed.