An art exhibition fundraiser for LifeFlight next month has been inspired by some very personal encounters with the Queensland aeromedical rescue service, involving members of the event’s organising committee.
Forty-five local artists from the Maranoa region have agreed to donate art works for the “Roma on Bungil Gallery” charity event on September 8.
Organisers of the fundraiser hope to raise $12,000 for the LifeFlight Foundation, a community-based charity which supports the iconic RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter service.
The target is the cost of an average mission – although patients are not charged for their aeromedical airlifts.
Committee chairperson Di Griffin said it was the best way for the Maranoa region to thank and support LifeFlight for its commitment to saving lives in the South-West region 365 days of the year.
“Our past Treasurer was recently airlifted by the RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter when he was acutely ill so the benefits to people in their hour of need is apparent to many of us,” said Mrs Griffin.
Current Committee Treasurer Sally Ferrier said she had also witnessed the importance of the service last year when she was among the first people on the scene of a serious car accident near Wallumbilla.
“There was a mother and one of her children who had to be airlifted to a Brisbane hospital and the amazing RACQ LifeFlight Rescue crew ensured the child and mother weren’t separated,” said Mrs Ferrier.
“It was such a relief when the caring, professional staff of LifeFlight arrived on the scene and provided such expert and compassionate medical care.
"The service is able to respond very quickly given the fact a team is based here in Roma (the SGAS helicopter) and there are also two helicopters available at the LifeFlight Toowoomba base.”
The special charity exhibition titled, “My Life, My Art” will auction off the donated artworks of 45 talented local Maranoa artists who have produced a wide range of eclectic pieces.
The broader Maranoa community has been invited to the gallery on September 8 for a night of canapés, culture and live entertainment.
Prominent artists who are donating works to the fundraiser include Mary Cochrane, Joan Hurtado, Lyn Barnes, Noel Miller, Jude Roberts, Elizabeth Corfe, Sandra Allen, Wally Peart and Tam Stewart.
Guests will be able to place bids on each art piece in a silent auction format, where bids will accumulate in a written format beside each piece. A live auction will also take place for selected pieces of art.
Money raised at the auction will be shared between the LifeFlight Foundation and the Roma on Bungil Gallery.
LifeFlight Foundation CEO Leanne Angel said the money raised in the auction would make a true difference to the lives of Queenslanders.
“The LifeFlight Foundation’s core purpose is to fund and support the efforts of LifeFlight Australia’s aeromedical service which helps around 5,000 sick or injured Queenslanders each year,” said Leanne.
2016-17 was a record year for LifeFlight for lifesaving missions with its aeromedical crews, community helicopters and Air Ambulance jets performing a record 5,252 missions throughout Queensland and around the world.
LifeFlight is a community-based charity funded and supported by the LifeFlight Foundation.
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