LIFE SAVERS: Boonara Lodge representative Maurie Sheather, LifeFlight Pilot Andrew Caton, Sunshine Coast Coordinator Mandy Hentschel and Lodge representative Steve Rath.
LIFE SAVERS: Boonara Lodge representative Maurie Sheather, LifeFlight Pilot Andrew Caton, Sunshine Coast Coordinator Mandy Hentschel and Lodge representative Steve Rath. Contributed

Lodge gives back to service that saved a member

BOONARA Masonic Lodge has given back to the charity that saved one of their member's lives.

Boonara Lodge worshipful master Steve Rath said one of the lodge members would not have survived if it wasn't for the LifeFlight service.

"Reg might not have made it, if it wasn't for LifeFlight,” he said.

"He was on his way home from the local Tansey Bowls Club one evening and had stopped on the side of the road when a car approached from the bend and t-boned him.

"While many people worked to save his life, without LifeFlight he wouldn't have reached a major hospital equipped with the resources to help him.

"Reg is here today and is doing remarkably well for someone in his 80s, so we're very grateful for all that LifeFlight did for him when he needed them.”

Mr Rath said the LifeFlight helicopter was for people in remote rural areas often the only link to major medical support for those in need of urgent attention.

"The people of our district benefit greatly from this service, from the smallest of babies to the elderly, so we have everything to gain from supporting LifeFlight, enabling them to continue providing this vital service,” he said.

The lodge, with the help of Hand Heart Pocket, donated more than $5000 worth of live-saving equipment to use on the LifeFlight helicopter.

Hand Heart Pocket CEO Gary Mark said organisations like LifeFlight play an important role in regional communities.

"Helping to alleviate suffering and misfortune is one of Hand Heart Pocket's values, so Boonara Lodge's intention to donate this vital equipment was the perfect fit,” he said.

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