Nanango Lion's members Dick Robinson and Sue Cox present Mandy Hentschel with the club's Lifeflight donation on July 11.
Nanango Lion's members Dick Robinson and Sue Cox present Mandy Hentschel with the club's Lifeflight donation on July 11. Jessica McGrath

Donations keep medical service helicopters in the air

LIFEFLIGHT rescue conducted 274 lifts in the South Burnett last year.

Nanango Lion's president Sue Cox said the club chose to raise funds for the medical helicopter service because it was very close to their hearts.

"Lifeflight is such an important emergency helper for us, most people with serious injuries have to travel out of the district to get specialist care,” she said.

Past Nanango president Dick Robinson was grateful for the service which saved his life 18 months ago.

His horse was spooked by a snake, leaving him with significant injuries from the accident.

Kingaroy Hospital was unable to provide him with the support and he was transferred to Toowoomba Hospital by Lifeflight.

"It saved his life, he would've probably bled internally, we didn't have the ICU services in Kingaroy to cover him correctly,” Ms Cox said.

The club spent the previous year raising money for organisations like Lifeflight and their palliative care bed project.

Lifeflight fundraising coordinator Mandy Hentschel collected a $1000 donation from the Nanango Lion's Club and $5000 from the Kingaroy Lion's Club.

Without the donations they would not be able to keep the helicopters flying, Ms Hentschel said.

Kingaroy Lions president Norm Jackson presented Lifeflight fundraising coordinator Mandy Hentschel with a donation to the medical airlift service on Wednesday July 11.
Kingaroy Lions president Norm Jackson presented Lifeflight fundraising coordinator Mandy Hentschel with a donation to the medical airlift service on Wednesday July 11. Lifeflight
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