Support our critical lifelines: RACQ

The coronavirus has put serious strain on the State’s community rescue helicopter network, with annual fundraising drives postponed or cancelled due to social distancing restrictions.

RACQ CQ Rescue had to suspend its annual appeal at the weekend but had highlighted to the community that more than $5 million per year was still needed to be raised to keep flying.

Club spokesperson Lauren Ritchie said RACQ LifeFlight Rescue, RACQ CQ Rescue and RACQ Capricorn Helicopter Rescue were all critical life-saving services which were in high-demand during the coronavirus pandemic.

“RACQ is the proud major sponsor of the chopper network, which serviced almost all areas of Queensland, but they also rely heavily on community donations to do their life-saving work,” Ms Ritchie said.

“The network was already facing a difficult year in terms of donations after the bushfires, but this has made circumstances even more trying.

“Just last week we saw a man who was suspected to have coronavirus airlifted off a bulk carrier to hospital by RACQ CQ Rescue .

“If you are in a position to donate please do as these services need to keep saving lives.”

Ms Ritchie said in these uncertain financial times, any funds would be greatly appreciated.

“It costs thousands of dollars every hour to keep these choppers flying. RACQ proudly donates more than $6.5 million every year to the helicopter network but every cent helps.”