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Mounties Group Major Naming Sponsor Of Careflight Rapid Response Helicopter
The extensive deal helps to support CareFlight as it launches the brand new Airbus H145, part of the next generation of NSW’s Aeromedical Helicopters. The new helicopter will be one of the most advanced aeromedical helicopters in Australia and branded as the Mounties Care - CareFlight Helicopter, dedicated to saving lives in Greater Sydney, the Central Coast and Blue Mountains.
The move comes as healthcare services in New South Wales are under extreme pressure, meaning existing resources need as much support as possible.
Mounties are doing everything they can to be able to assist the community at this difficult time, staying true to their profit-for-purpose ethos. They recently offered up their extensive carpark at Humphries Road as a COVID-19 testing site and have increased resources to help members through their Mounties Care service. This deal goes one step further, by helping ensure the services of the CareFlight Helicopter are available to community members in need.
The Group has enjoyed a rich eleven-year history with the CareFlight team, previously supporting them through community donations and ClubGRANTs. However, this newly announced deal is of a far greater scale than any partnership they have enjoyed before.
Mounties Group CEO, Dale Hunt, knows all too well the importance CareFlight has in the community after a CareFlight team saved his own son’s life.
“Without CareFlight my son would not be here today. I wholeheartedly believe this, and I know there are many others that share the same sentiment as I,” says Dale.
“The brand-new helicopter is like nothing you have ever seen before. It is state of the art technology and whilst COVID restrictions do not allow me to go and see it in the flesh, I am incredibly proud that this is now out servicing the region and saving lives every day, as of today.” Dale concluded.
Mounties Group President, Kevin Ingram believes that it is partnerships such as this that cement the reason the Club was formed back in 1964.
“CareFlight are an Australian institution that saves people’s lives. Taking our partnership to the next level ensures the services of the CareFlight helicopter are available to community members in need. This is the next step in enhancing our ethos of “improving the lives of our members and our community” and that is something our founders, board and members can be truly proud of.” Kevin explains.
CareFlight CEO, Mick Frewen is thrilled with the support Mounties Group have afforded them over the past eleven years and believes the creation of Mounties Care has brought them closer together than ever before.
“The work that Dale, the board and the team are doing through Mounties Care goes far beyond the role we expect clubs to play, and yet it makes absolute sense for clubs to support their members in such a way with a heavy focus on members’ health and wellbeing” Mick explains.
“Over the years, the support that Mounties Group have provided us has been invaluable, their unwavering commitment to us has certainly allowed us to grow our services and save even more lives and for that we are truly grateful.”
“CareFlight is reliant on support from corporates, businesses and people in the community in ensuring CareFlight can carry out its mission to save lives, speed recovery and serve the community. This level of support has guaranteed that this much sought-after service will continue on for years to come.” Mick concluded.
Josh Landis, ClubsNSW CEO added “Our state’s healthcare services are under considerable pressure, so to have a club announce such an extraordinary commitment at a time like this makes me incredibly proud to be part of our industry. Well done to the Mounties team!”=
The Airbus H145 has endured rigorous testing and as of last week is in full service and operational across New South Wales. When restrictions do lift, the Club group will be looking to bring the incredibly impressive helicopter to their venues for members to see and experience for themselves. Until then, the group will be sharing imagery and video content through their social media pages.
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