Fundraisers help keep LifeFlight rescuers in the skies
SOUTH Burnett Flight Savers has received a boost of $7000 thanks to a donation from the Burrandowan Races Committee.
South Burnett Flight Savers is a network of supporters that raises funds and awareness for RACQ LifeFlight Rescue.
Founder Cardell Turner formed the organisation after suffering life-threatening injuries in a dirt bike accident at Cherbourg in September 2016.
To date, Burrandowan Races has raised $36,821 for LifeFlight since the committee nominated it as its charity of choice in 2013.
Burrandowan Races Committee president Brendan McCormack said LifeFlight was a worthy recipient.
"Burrandowan Race Club's nominated charity is decided on a yearly basis,” Mr McCormack said.
"As a committee, we decided LifeFlight was an invaluable service to our community and have been donating all race day profits to them since 2013.”
South Burnett Flight Savers holds an annual fundraiser for the rescue service on the third Saturday in August, and this year raised $17,000 for LifeFlight.
Mr Turner organised the first event while still recovering from his accident.
He said he realised that to raise a decent profit he would need to try something different, so he used his savings to buy a merry-go-round, three jumping castles, a popcorn machine and a dunk tank to create his own mini carnival to raise funds.
South Burnett Flight Savers also hires its equipment to other not-for-profit community organisations at affordable prices to help them raise money.