Westpac staff step up to help chopper service

SAVING LIVES: Teller June Knight, branch manager Shay Bayens and personal banker Julieann Main have been raising funds for the Westpac rescue chopper.
SAVING LIVES: Teller June Knight, branch manager Shay Bayens and personal banker Julieann Main have been raising funds for the Westpac rescue chopper. Mara Pattison-Sowden

ALMOST 10,000 steps has helped to support the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter Service.

In a last-ditch, end of financial year push, Gladstone's Westpac Kin Kora crew has raised more than $2500 during its first of a four-day fundraising blitz.

Branch manager Shay Bayens battled her way through a total of 9628 steps according to the pedometer, which means they raised 25 cents per step.

Kin Kora Westpac has rallied together with the 12 branches in the Wide Bay Burnett Central Coast region to raise some serious funds - with a Westpac Bank Queensland target of $60,000.

Although the chopper rescue service is based on the Sunshine and Gold coasts, Mrs Bayens said the chopper had also assisted in the central Queensland flooding events.

"No one's had to pay for a rescue in 40 years," she said.

"But they need help keeping it up there."

It costs $4000 to keep the chopper in the air for one hour, but a donation as small as $20 can pay for a carabiner clip while $100 will buy a helmet and microphone set.

Gladstone's Fodico Marine Group donated $500, and Mrs Bayens hopes they're only the first business to get involved.

The fundraising blitz is going until Monday close of business, and anything the branch raises this week will be matched dollar for dollar by the Westpac group.

Westpac Rescue Chopper

  • Operating since 1973
  • 16 choppers
  • More than 70,000 rescues

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