Westpac Life Saver Rescue helicopter.
Westpac Life Saver Rescue helicopter. David Stuart

Rescue helicopter telemarketers aren't local

WESTPAC Life Saver Rescue Helicopter has issued a warning to Northern NSW residents that phone calls from telemarketers requesting donations for the rescue helicopter are being made by Care Flight and not the Northern NSW Helicopter Service.

Residents in the Northern Rivers have reported receiving calls for donations from Care Flight that is based in Sydney.

General Manager with the Helicopter Service Kris Beavis said the Lismore based service does not fund raise through telemarketing.

"If you receive a telephone call asking for donations for a rescue helicopter service, you can be sure it is not from us, with any donations funding a Sydney based operation," Mr Beavis said.

"The Service the paid telemarketers are soliciting for have rarely flown their helicopter in our flight area, though they insist on gouging money from this area to fund their Sydney and interstate operations".

"It does frustrate me when our supporters ring to complain, as they are offended by the actions of these telemarketers, and their sales pitch - it really is pretty poor form".

Mr Beavis said the local helirescue service is very grateful for the support it receives from the local community and business/corporate sectors who donate over 70% of the Service's annual $6.5 million budget, as without this support the Service couldn't operate.

"We urge Northern NSW residents to continue to support their local community service which is the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter Service."

"This goes a long way to helping us continue to save lives in our flight area which stretches from the Queensland border south to Nambucca/Macksville, west to include Glen Innes and Tenterfield, and east beyond the coastline, approx. 80,000 sq kms in total land and sea surfaces.

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