Firm Partners with Rescue Helicopter to Keep Fundraisers Mobile

Corefleet is helping drive support for the region’s rescue helicopter which saves hundreds of lives every year.

As a major sponsor of RACQ CQ Rescue since 2011, Corefleet this week provided the Mackay-based helicopter service with a dual cab Toyota Hilux 4WD to assist in their day-to-day operations including ongoing fundraising activities across the region.

Corefleet representative for the North-East Queensland region Peter Kidd said the group’s support for RACQ CQ Rescue underpinned their business philosophy of supplying very safe, fit-for-purpose vehicles to their clients.

“RACQ CQ Rescue is one of the most worthy charities you can contribute to and one you hope you never ever have to call on,” Mr Kidd said.

“We are grateful to have a world-class aeromedical helicopter service on our doorstep and available throughout Central Queensland but also realise the huge costs of operating are community-funded,” he said.

“This partnership with RACQ CQ Rescue is very unique for Corefleet – by supplying this vehicle we are assisting them to deliver their life-saving services which are critical to our region’s workforce, clients and their families,” he said.

Mr Kidd said Corefleet encouraged other organisations and the community to show their appreciation and support for the helicopter rescue service which had proven vital on so many occasions by donating to the RACQ CQ Rescue 2016 Annual Appeal.

“We certainly take our commitment to safety very seriously and hope this vehicle will be of great assistance to this vital service which ensures peace of mind for regional Queenslanders by delivering critical care medical and search and rescue services 24 hours a day, every day of the year,” he said.

RACQ CQ Rescue CEO Martin Cleland said he applauded Corefleet for their support of the rescue helicopter service and for their commitment to assisting the community they operated within in a tough economic climate.

“RACQ CQ Rescue is a vital part of the emergency support for all workers in this region and it’s reassuring organisations like Corefleet appreciate the value of supporting our helicopter and that with their ongoing commitment we can continue to provide our vital aeromedical service to anyone in a time of crisis,” Mr Cleland said.

“The reality is we rely heavily on sponsorships and donations, so the community’s help is vital to keeping the helicopter available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and ready to respond to emergencies at a moment’s notice, anywhere, anytime.”

Mr Cleland said it cost more than $8.3 million annually to keep the world-class helicopter rescue service in the sky and a large proportion of this money came from community donations and sponsorship. The service was continually seeking more support from within the community they served.

RACQ CQ Rescue conducted 518 tasks last year and is responsible for an area four times the size of Tasmania which includes the coal mining areas of Clermont, Moranbah, Collinsville, Glenden and Nebo, the sugar-cane growing areas of Sarina and Proserpine as well as the tourist destinations of the Whitsunday Islands and Airlie Beach.

“Our blue and yellow helicopter is synonymous with saving lives and every day, with every life we save, we are continually proving our worth to this community,” Mr Cleland said.