Thousands thank crucial emergency service
August 27, 2013

NSW miners recently celebrated and recognised the important work of the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service in two big ways.


Miners at BHP Billiton’s Mt Arthur Coal mine near Muswellbrook have shown their support for the service by donating, between July 2012 and June 2013, $195,000 to the service from their pay checks – a massive contribution that was matched dollar for dollar by BHP Billiton through its Matched Giving Program.


Each year, the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service helps over 1,200 in need across regional NSW, and contributions like this one that means nobody ever has to pay to be airlifted to safety thanks to this critical emergency service.


NSW miners have been supporting the rescue chopper for almost thirty years, with thousands of our miners contributing from their weekly wage since the service began in 1975.


“The mining industry in particular recognises the need for the proper tools and skills in an emergency situation and the service provides both,” said Peter Sharpe, BHP Billiton NSW Energy Coal Asset President.

 WRHS VFM Family Day


And our miners had a chance to celebrate their longstanding relationship with the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service at Voice for Mining Family Day at Hunter Stadium, when the Newcastle Knights took on the Melbourne Storm. The Rescue Helicopter landed on the field before the game, delivering miners who took the opportunity to thank the service for their important work in front of a crowd of 26,000 – a season-record home crowd at Hunter Stadium.

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