LifeFlight Community Engagement Officer Nicole Bloom with event organiser Cardell Turner at the Family Fun Day on September 30, 2017.
LifeFlight Community Engagement Officer Nicole Bloom with event organiser Cardell Turner at the Family Fun Day on September 30, 2017. Will Hunter

PHOTO GALLERY: Family Fun Day gives back to LifeFlight

"IF THEY had been another two minutes...there's no way I'd be here.”

Cardell Turner says he wouldn't be alive if it wasn't for RACQ LifeFlight, and a family fun day on Saturday was a chance for him to give back.

"If it wasn't for LifeFlight, I wouldn't have even had the slimmest of chances of being here today,” he said.

Mr Turner and his brother-in-law were riding the tracks of Cherbourg State Forest in September last year when his throttle jammed.

He was thrown over the handlebars and shattered his ribs, punctured both lungs and broke several vertebrae.

Mr Turner's brother-in-law managed to get him onto the back of his bike and ride to Cherbourg Hospital, where LifeFlight airlifted him to Brisbane.

He reunited with the LifeFlight crew that saved his life, including critical care doctor Nader El-Rabih, earlier this year.

"Once I'd had the reunion up there, I met the crew, I knew I had to do something. I knew I had to make a difference,” Mr Turner said.

He started working on what would become the Family Fun Day, which he intends to become a yearly event.

"It's been a success,” Mr Turner said.

"I don't have any real set target. This year was a first, it's a maiden event. This is going to become and annual event from here on out.”

But Mr Turner said he planned on forming a committee to organise the 2018 day.

"I've done this by myself, I haven't had a committee or anything,” he said.

"Thankfully from the accident I've been in recovery for the last year so I've had the time during the day and night to work on it and get it all organised.

"It's not a one-man show next time.”

LifeFlight is a community-based charity that relies on donations from the public and community support to the LifeFlight Foundation.

To support the LifeFlight Foundation visit www.lifeflightfoundation.org.au

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