A mission to strengthen the future of RACQ LifeFlight Rescue in the North West is taking flight, with Liberal National Party Senator Susan McDonald pledging her support.
The senator will be the honorary ambassador of LifeFlight's North West Regional Advisory Committee (RAC), a group made up of regional leaders, committed to boosting awareness of the rescue helicopter service.
The backing comes at a good time with local RACQ LifeFlight Rescue crew having just ticked off its busiest year yet, flying 64 missions throughout 2019.
Senator McDonald's position as the ambassador was officially passed at the RAC's second meeting in Mount Isa on Monday February 10.
"When the worst in life happens, RACQ LifeFlight Rescue stands ready to answer the call, particularly in our regional areas," Senator McDonald said.
The Queensland senator, who is Chair of Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee, is passionate about the importance of the rescue helicopter service.
"Having grown up in Western Queensland where medical help from the air was a godsend, I am immensely proud to accept the honour of being the LifeFlight RAC's Honorary Ambassador," she said.
"We all hope we don't ever need RACQ LifeFlight Rescue, but we all breathe a little easier knowing the distinctive blue and yellow aircraft are never far away."
The RAC will be the driving force behind LifeFlight's local fundraising opportunities, while boosting awareness of the helicopter's role in bringing health equity to remote residents.
The members will also continue to strengthen relationships with the Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) and the Royal Flying Doctors Service (Queensland Section), as well as working towards long term operational goals.
Member for Traeger Robbie Katter has already been announced as the patron.
The committee's members include the Cloncurry and Richmond mayors, as well as representatives from QAS, Mount Isa Rotary, Glencore and Bell and Moir Autos.
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