Thousands raised for injured toddler and rescue team
THE Queensland campdraft community has raised almost $50,000 for the family of a toddler injured in a horror farming accident, RACQ LifeFlight Rescue and Ronald McDonald House.
Two-year-old Kory Burton suffered a serious brain injury after a mustering accident in September this year.
Accompanied by his dad Karl, the toddler was airlifted to Queensland Children's Hospital by Toowoomba's RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter.
His mum Felicity, who was also injured in the farm accident, remained at Toowoomba Hospital for treatment but said she was so relieved to know Kory was being looked after by LifeFlight.
"Thank you, thank you. I can only say thank you for what you did for us," she said.
"Those pilots are just so skilled and so incredible. All the RACQ LifeFlight crew were very calm and professional. They have this little person who's so important to our family on board and they were kind and calm through the whole flight taking Kory to Brisbane," Felicity said.
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Today, the family gathered at the Clive Berghofer LifeFlight Centre in Toowoomba to thank the rescue service and accept a cheque from the Cooyar Campdraft society.
The charity event, which was held in November, attracted competitors from as far as Mount Isa.
The campdraft raised more than $45,000, which has been shared between the Burtons, RACQ LifeFlight Rescue and Ronald McDonald house.
"As Queenslanders, we are all just so fortunate to have this kind of service and these kinds of facilities available to us when we need help," Felicity said.
"RACQ LifeFlight just do such an amazing job and it's really important to support them."
Kory is almost fully recovered from his injuries and is back to his playful self.
The 2017-2018 financial year was a record year for LifeFlight for lifesaving missions with its aeromedical crews, community helicopters and Air Ambulance jets performing a record 5452 missions throughout Queensland and around the world.
LifeFlight is a community-based charity funded and supported by the LifeFlight Foundation.
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