Heathcote pulls out all stops and the money keeps rolling in

April 13, 2018

HEATHCOTE has delivered again — this time raising money for the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal.

HEATHCOTE has delivered again — this time raising money for the Royal Children’s Hospital Good Friday Appeal.

Heathcote raised $12,300, which means Heathcote Lions Club has collected more than $432,100 for the appeal since 1972.

The CFA collected $2400 along High St and the hamper raffle, won by Noel Carlin and Sandra Braumen, chipped in another $905.

The annual Union Hotel Good Friday family day saw Mary-Ann and patrons raise almost $4700.

Appeal co-ordinator, Lion Greg Speirs, thanked all collectors and the Heathcote residents for their ongoing generous support of the appeal.

Greg said although he was a little down on collectors, most of the Heathcote area was covered.

People of all ages helped collect, with children from 3523 Fitness Centre to older folks.

“I have to congratulate Heathcote on another amazing effort — overall the appeal raised a record $18 million this year to help the Royal Children’s Hospital to continue to provide its world class care,” Greg said.

“Remember, ‘Give That They May Grow’,” he said.

Still on vital support services connected with hospitals and healthcare, Angel Flight made a flying visit to Heathcote last week and 30 locals enjoyed an informative evening to hear about this valuable support service.

Rodney Richards, a pilot with Angel Flight, was invited by the Lions Club, he has been flying for 31 years, and the past 11 with Angel Flight.

He said Angel Flight is a volunteer organisation — just ordinary Australians helping ordinary Australians at their moment of need.

Established in April 2003, Angel Flight Australia is a charity which coordinates non-emergency flights to assist country people to access specialist medical treatment that would otherwise be unavailable to them because of vast distance and high travel costs.

All flights are free and assist passengers travelling to or from medical facilities almost anywhere in Australia.

Rodney also explained once a request is made for transport it can take up to 10 days to organise the flight as the service ticks all the boxes of the various authorities that need to be advised and a flight plan put in place.

As the pilots are volunteers it also has to ensure one will be available for the particular flight.

Since its inception Angel Flight’s pilots has provided almost 22,000 flights.

The service does not receive any government funding and operates on the support of private donations and the generosity of its pilots.

To thank Rodney for his time the Lions Club made a donation of $1000 — plus a further $170 raised on the night.

Rodney said he was overwhelmed by this generosity and thanked everyone coming.

The presentation was followed by a friendly chat, with the usual ‘goodies’ and a cup of tea/coffee.

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