Heritage show a reminder of how lucky we are in region

Kiwi and his Cessna 150.
Kiwi and his Cessna 150. Christopher Chan

EVERY day I am reminded how lucky we are to live here surrounded by wonderful and generous people.

A few weeks ago up at Old Station at Raglan there was the annual Fly In and Heritage Show, which drew thousands of people to enjoy true country hospitalit,y and at the same time raising much needed funds for our local rescue chopper.

Leonie Creed and her extended family again let us use their property for this wonderful annual event, and yes it was a success in many ways.

The weather was terrific, the flying machines were exceptional, the machinery was bionic, and the amount of smiles on children's faces really highlighted how much it worked.

On Sunday there was a little get together for sponsors, volunteers and handlers to say thanks over a few snags and lemonades.

I was asked to come along as we helped broadcast the event, so I gladly went.

After a quick bite to eat and a look around the property taking various snaps, I was asked if I wanted to take a different view from one of the aircraft. How could one refuse?

The next thing I know I'm strapped in the back seat of the Cessna and we're off for a cruise over this magnificent valley countryside. The views were amazing, the weather was terrific and it just goes to show how lucky we are to live here.

By the time I landed for the second time my heart was pounding like a New South Wales supporter on a Wednesday night and my smile couldn't get any bigger.

We flew over valleys, mountains, homesteads and creeks and at the same time tried to imagine what it was like back in January with the massive floods, a far cry from those six years of drought not that long ago.

Kiwi took us all over the area until we landed, and then I got the chance to grab a lift with Ronnie's old 'M.A.S.H' open sided chopper! That was one blast that I'll never forget.

If you've seen the TV show you'll know the helicopter I'm talking about. You are right on the edge of it all, making it an extra adrenalin rush, and I got some more great shots from my trusty camera.

By the time I landed for the second time my heart was pounding like a New South Wales supporter on a Wednesday night and my smile couldn't get any bigger.

To Leonie, Helen, Lyn, Kiwi, Rodney, Ronnie and many others who I haven't named specifically, and who I had the privilege to meet, thank you!

Your generosity helped raise many thousands of dollars for the CQ Helicopter Rescue Service and, as we know, they need every cent they can get.

It costs them $360,000 per month to be operational so they can save our lives here. Have a think how you can help them, today.

Happy flying! I'm off to get my pilot's ticket.



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