Glen Innes Volunteer Support Group hold charity golf day for Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service

The 2017 golf day. Photo supplied.
The 2017 golf day. Photo supplied.

The Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service - Glen Innes Volunteer Support Group will hold its third and final major fund-raising event of the year later this month.

The Charity Golf Day will be held on Sunday, May 26.

"It's a fun, annual event for our local golfers," Nikki Lee, the support group's secretary and treasurer, said.

The event costs $30 per player, including golf and a BBQ lunch. Social golfers are welcome.

Register at the Golf Club or on the day. Contact Rod Kiehne on 0407 913 389 or 6732 1555.

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The three person charity ambrose begins at 9am for a 9.30am shotgun start. Teams play 18 holes, then relax with a BBQ lunch (covered in the entry fee). Afterwards, there is a presentation and raffles.

All proceeds go to the Westpac Rescue Helicopter. The service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, free of charge to anyone who needs to use it.

"It's been into Glen Innes and the area several times in the last month, supporting interhospital transfers and accidents on local properties," Ms Lee said.

"It's really important in getting the medical support to injured patients very quickly, and giving them the support they need at the bigger hospitals regionally."

This is the third year the golf day has been held. Last year, close to 100 golfers played, in 30-odd teams, raising $7000 for the chopper. This time, the volunteers hope to raise at least $5000.

By the end of June, the Glen Innes support group will have donated about $9000 to the helicopter since the start of the year.

The community support concert at the Services Club in March raised $17,000, and the Dancing for the Chopper fundraiser night in April raised $50,000. Donations from community organisations and individuals raised a further $20,000.