More than $11,000 has been raised for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service after another successful charity golf day in Gunnedah.

WHRS Gunnedah volunteer support group publicity officer Deborah Buck said more than 130 players took part in this year’s event at the Gunnedah Golf Club.

Players of all abilities (and skill!) hit the fairways for the good cause including young-gun, Lincoln Ross.

“It was an amazing day with great weather, a beautiful course, a tasty barbecue and 135 enthusiastic and generous golfers,” Mrs Buck said.

“With the help of the Gunnedah community we have raised approximately $11,000 to help keep the Westpac Rescue Helicopter flying in our area.

“On behalf of all our members we want to say a big thank you.”

Auctioneer for the day, Hunter Harley, conducted a “spirited” and fast-paced auction which alone raised more than $2000.

Auction items included premium battery powered yard maintenance products, restaurant vouchers, cartons of beer and many more items generously donated by local businesses in the Gunnedah area (see today’s classifieds for a full list of event sponsors).

Mrs Buck said all money raised will support the continued operation of the vital air service in the Gunnedah region and beyond.

“This rescue helicopter is a completely free service – no-one ever pays a cent for using it,” she said.

“All this money from the golf day will help keep the helicopter flying, so when we do need it, we can. It really does make a difference between life and death in rural and regional areas.”

The helicopter service provides emergency aeromedical services 24-7 in northern NSW, including search, rescue and inter-hospital transfers.

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