AIRLIFT: RACQ CareFlight crew attend to an injured Hivesville man. CareFlight relies on donations to continue it's vital service.
AIRLIFT: RACQ CareFlight crew attend to an injured Hivesville man. CareFlight relies on donations to continue it's vital service. RACQ CareFlight Rescue

CareFlight patient organises thanks

SYD Merritt believes he owes his life to CareFlight after breaking his leg femur and catching pneumonia.

And now the Maidenwell man has found a way to show his appreciation for the rescue service.  

He has organised a swap meet, which will be the first ever held at Maidenwell at the sports ground over the May 2-3 weekend.  

"I was airlifted from Toowoomba to Prince Charles after I broke my femur and got pneumonia. They saved my life," Mr Merritt said. "Hoping it'll turn out a really good show.   

"They land at the sports ground quite a lot. That's why we are doing it there."   

The Maidenwell community group hopes if the swap meet is a success it will become an annual event for a different charity each year.   

The community- organised event follows on from another South Burnett town's success -  the Linville Hotel fundraiser for CareFlight, organised by Fiona Williamson, whose father's life was saved by the rescue service a couple of years ago.   

Mrs Williamson was brave enough to shave her head for the fundraiser, which was held in late March and managed to raise just under $20,000 and had more than 40 sponsors.  

"It was awesome. I don't know what to say and we still have money coming in," Mrs Williamson said.   

"We served 200 meals but I have no idea how many people showed. It stormed and there were people everywhere, it was full on.   

"My head is pretty cold and going into winter it's only going to get worse."  

The swap meet will be held at the Maidenwell Sports Ground and entry is $2 a person, children under 12 free.   Camping is available behind the Maidenwell Pub for $10 a night. Book in advance as space is limited.  

For more information on the event phone Mr Merritt on 4164 6206.  

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