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Vacy fundraising for rescue helicopter

Farmers Hotel Vacy publican Grahame Gunther with the framed photo of the rescue helicopter.The community of Vacy has shown their support for the region’s Westpac Rescue Helicopter with a $8500 donation to the service.
Nanjing Night Net

On the counter of the Farmers Hotel, publican Grahame Gunther has a tin for donations to the rescue helicopter, which is regularly emptied and stored in the safe.

Last week $8248.90 was presented to Kim Campbell from the Dungog district support group for the helicopter – and the empty tin is nearly full again.

“It is a very supportive community over here,” Mr Gunther said.

“People are very generous with their donations and at the end of each night I go around and collect all the loose change off the bar and put in the tin.

“If we have a function, at the end of the night I go around with a bar tray and people put money in it for the service.

“The tin is emptied around four times a year.

“In the six years I have been here the ‘chopper has landed three or four times on the [Vacy] oval.

“The people here realise we are a remote community and need to have this service.”

Mr Gunther praised his bar staff – Jake Watson, Mark Driscoll, Bec Bennett and Donna Tolhurst for also being very supportive of the rescue service.

“I was thrilled when Kim Campbell came over and presented us with the photo of the rescue helicopter,” he said.

“I really would like to go for a ride in the ‘chopper one day . . . but not because I was sick or injured, just to see what it was like.”

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