The Midge Point Elves needed more than two kilometres of Christmas tinsel last year to deliver a $4200 gift to the region’s rescue helicopter.
The ‘elves’, Midge Point residents Bonnie Bryant and Barbara Butterfield, decorated and sold more than 200 miniature Christmas trees throughout November and December bringing the total amount raised for RACQ CQ Rescue in just two years to almost $10,000.
Elves’ spokesperson Bonnie Bryant said it all started with a clean-up and an incomplete Christmas craft project which was passed on to her to finish a few years back. When 11 of the unique Christmas tree table decorations were sold at the local Midge Point markets, the ladies knew they had hit fundraising gold.
Last year the group raised $5000 for RACQ CQ Rescue and the year before that, they raised funds for Queensland’s drought-stricken communities by selling 313 Christmas trees. The pair entirely funded the project, paying for all materials and decorations themselves.
Each handcrafted Christmas tree required about five metres of coloured tinsel and took four hours to complete.
Mrs Bryant said the small group of community-minded ladies were dedicated to using their talents and skills to help raise much-needed funds for charity and considered RACQ CQ Rescue a very worthy recipient of all their hard work.
“I feel it’s a vital service and if we ever need it, it’s good to know the rescue helicopter is there and is well supported. The service benefits both ourselves as well as everyone else in this community if they ever need it,” Ms Bryant said yesterday.
“I often see the helicopter flying up the coast and I think to myself, ‘our Christmas trees have helped raise money to help those people save lives’. It’s a really nice feeling to know in some small way you’ve helped others.”
RACQ CQ Rescue CEO Ian Rowan congratulated the Midge Point Elves on their generous donation to the community-funded helicopter service.
“The reality is we rely heavily on sponsorships and donations every year to be able to keep flying to the rescue so the community’s help, just like this fantastic donation from the Midge Point Elves, is vital to keeping the helicopter available 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” Mr Rowan said.
“The Midge Point Elves have delivered the people in this region a truly life-saving gift.”