Rescue Helicopter Service puts call out to volunteers

15th Mar 2022

The Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service has launched a recruitment program designed to reengage with volunteers impacted after a two-year COVID hiatus. 
COVID restrictions have severely hampered volunteer activity and the Service’s key fundraising events but as the Service’s activities and fundraising initiatives slowly come back online, the recruitment program aims to both reengage with existing volunteers and attract new ones in areas right across the New England North West.
“During COVID we were very aware our volunteers missed their involvement with normal fundraising and event activities,” Kim Newling, Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service Volunteers Coordinator for the New England North West said.
“We recognised it was vital for us to reengage with these passionate and dedicated groups as soon as possible, as we are acutely aware of the valuable contribution the volunteer support groups make to supporting our aeromedical service in communities right across Northern NSW.”
“Volunteers are the backbone of any not-for-profit organisation and our efforts to retain existing volunteers, as well as attract new ones are essential,” she said.
The volunteer recruitment campaign will allow the Service to attract existing volunteers back, encourage new volunteers to join their local support group and also deliver a Volunteer Conference, aimed at developing and recognising volunteering excellence across the many support groups.
As events and fundraising activities return to communities across Northern NSW, it is anticipated the many volunteer support groups will once again be able to continue their valuable work and ensure the Westpac Rescue Helicopter remains ready to respond to those in need within their local community.
Anyone looking to find out more information on volunteering for the Service should visit