Garden Club helps out vital service

Carol Tierney (left) handed over a cheque for $1000 to Daniel Gillett from the WRHS
25th Jun 2024

The Guyra Garden Club moved indoors for their June meeting, offering members a range of demonstrations and talks suitable to the time of year.
The highlight of the meeting was the presentation of a cheque for $1000 to the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service (WRHS). The funds were raised by the club through their plant stall at the Guyra Christmas Carnival.
Tamworth based WRHS regional partnerships officer Daniel Gillet was in attendance at the meeting to accept the donation. He also took the chance to update club members on the work carried out by the helicopter service.
Mr Gillet highlighted the fact that the WRHS is the only service providing aeromedical services in Northern NSW and as a result of their work 1650 lives were saved last year alone. Each of the services four helicopters is well equipped for medical emergencies and they have a highly trained doctor and paramedic on board who can act immediately to give lifesaving treatment.
He also said that the WRHS is increasingly being called on to fill the gap in health services in smaller communities and are often being called on to transport patients from small hospitals to larger hospitals to access specialist services. More often than not they are better equipped than many of regions smaller hospitals.
“It is humbling to make the trip up to Guyra and accept this donation,” Mr Gillet said.
“Every donation from community groups such as the Garden Club makes a difference to people in regional communities that rely on the services that we provide.
“One third of our funding comes through sponsorship and donations so we appreciate every dollar raised on our behalf..”
Following the cheque presentation members, including three new recruits, were able to learn tool sharpening skills from Peter Thorneycroft. They then moved on to the Community Garden to enjoy lunch provided by the Neighbourhood Centre. Club member Barbara Ross also gave a talk about the design of the gardens in from of the Guyra council offices which have been set up ensure colour all year around.