AIR ANGELS: RACQ Capricorn Helicopter Rescue volunteers Vince Reynolds, Desiree Reynolds, Jan Barrett, Stan Mutch, Dee Swindale and Monica Mutch.
AIR ANGELS: RACQ Capricorn Helicopter Rescue volunteers Vince Reynolds, Desiree Reynolds, Jan Barrett, Stan Mutch, Dee Swindale and Monica Mutch. Chris Ison

Help rescue the helicopter rescue service by volunteering

WITHOUT volunteers, the RACQ Rescue Helicopter Service would never leave the ground.

In a desperate call for help to fundraise, the organisation doesn't want to imagine central Queensland without the vital service.

That may be a very real possibility without adequate funding and willing help.

Jan Barrett said she has always highly prioritised volunteering.

"This year will be my 17th year of volunteering," she said.

"I'm amazed at how many lives have been saved by the service over the years."

Ms Barrett said she can understand why people believe they are too busy to volunteer, but implores people to donate whatever they can; whether it be money or time.

"It would be especially good to see more young ones helping out," she insisted.

"We have a great time here. All you need is a good sense of humour and the ability to share a laugh."

Volunteering for Ms Barrett has broadened her horizons, as well as her outlook on life.

"I don't want to imagine living in a place without this important resource," she said.

"It is an essential service and we've all got to do as much as we can."

Ms Barrett also dedicates her time to the Rural Fire Brigade, and is passionate about helping people during times of distress.

"Life is getting busier, but just imagine where we would be if everyone was too busy to help people in need."

Fast facts

  • RACQ Capricorn Helicopter Service is desperately looking for volunteers in and around Gladstone
  • You can help fundraise at events such as race days, campdrafts, expos and events, cent sales, raffles, sausage sizzles and more
  • Call Kirsty on 4922 9093 to learn more


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