Gift in Your Will

When you make a bequest in your Will, you make a difference

Your Will can make a difference to a local charity and a difference to people in need, because like most Australian charities, RACQ CQ Rescue relies on community support to continue to deliver our lifesaving services.

Sharing what you have with others is one of life’s greatest joys. A bequest to RACQ CQ Rescue also offers an opportunity to provide a lasting memorial of your generosity well into the future and your gift, regardless of size will be gratefully received by RACQ CQ Rescue.

RACQ CQ Rescue honours those who have advised us they have included our organisation in their Will and we are privileged to call these very generous people our friends. For those willing to be acknowledged we will publicly recognise their generosity and from time to time, invite these friends to events to learn more about the work of RACQ CQ Rescue.

RACQ CQ Rescue is grateful to receive a bequest in your Will.

If you decide to leave a bequest to RACQ CQ Rescue, it can be somewhat small or rather large. It can be a gift of cash, a percentage of an estate, property or shares. Regardless of size, your gift will contribute directly to the operation of the RACQ CQ Rescue emergency helicopter service.

Your Will

Everyone needs a Will to ensure friends, family members, partners and children are properly provided for when you are gone and assets are distributed according to your wishes. But if you don’t have a Will, you’re not alone – almost 50 per cent of the adult population in Australia does not have a Will.

When preparing your Will, you should always seek legal advice to ensure your Will is valid and properly executed, otherwise your Will may be challenged.

And like all changes in your life, your Will should also grow and change with you through the different phases of life.

Remember, whilst important legal documents, Wills are often simple, quick and can be inexpensive to make.

How Your Will Can Help Others

When you make a bequest in your will, you make a difference.

Your Will can make a difference to a local charity and a difference to people in need, because like most Australian charities, CQ Rescue relies on community support to continue to deliver our lifesaving services.

Less than 10 percent of Australians leave a bequest to charity each year, although this is increasing as people become more aware of charities’ reliance on bequests.

Sharing what you have with others is one of life’s greatest joys. A bequest to CQ Rescue also offers an opportunity to provide a lasting memorial of your generosity well into the future and your gift, regardless of size will be gratefully received by CQ Rescue.

CQ Rescue honours those who have advised us they have included our organisation in their Will and we are privileged to call these very generous people our friends. For those willing to be acknowledged we will publicly recognise their generosity and from time to time, invite these friends to events to learn more about the work of CQ Rescue.

Leaving a Bequest to CQ Rescue

CQ Rescue is grateful to receive a bequest in your Will.

If you decide to leave a bequest to CQ Rescue, it can be somewhat small or rather large. It can be a gift of cash, a percentage of an estate, property or shares. Regardless of size, your gift will contribute directly to the operation of the CQ Rescue emergency helicopter service.

Suggested Wording for a Bequest

An example of the wording for a bequest to CQ Rescue is as follows:

I, [insert full name] bequeath the [specify the type of gift] free of all duties to the Central Queensland Helicopter Rescue Service Limited for the purposes of said service, and I declare that the receipt of the treasurer, or other proper officer for the time being of the said Central Queensland Helicopter Rescue Service Limited shall be sufficient discharge of my Trustee for same.

Should your circumstances require a more specific bequest clause you should seek professional legal assistance.

Providing a Lifeline when it is Needed Most

Including CQ Rescue in your will means continued support for the rescue helicopter so that we can continue to be there when we are needed most. 

Operating 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, the Central Queensland based CQ Rescue helicopter is staffed full time by a highly experienced flight crew consisting of pilots, crewmen, rescue crewmen and medical team. Each year there is an ever increasing demand on our services and operating costs continue to rise.

A Swimming with Sharks Rescue

On Christmas Eve 2013 the CQ Rescue crew were tasked to Wackett Reef, 175km north east of Mackay to help 10 year old Nicholas Ditchburn. Nicholas was working with his dad on a fishing trawler during the school holidays when hydrogen peroxide was accidentally splashed in his eye causing a serious chemical burn.

With the boat so far from shore, the CQ Rescue helicopter crew were activated to bring Nicholas to hospital and into the medical care he needed.

It was a highly-charged rescue mission for the helicopter crew with sharks spotted circling seconds after Air Crewman Mark Donovan had winched Rescue Crewman Jarrod Holmes down to the water. Jarrod had already disconnected from the winch hook and begun swimming towards the boat so the crew had no means of communication and could only watch as sharks threatened their mate.

“We are sincerely grateful to all at CQ Rescue for their care and concern for Nicholas throughout the whole experience”

As Jarrod reached the boat he could see how close the sharks were and needless to say was glad to be out of the water.

The winch rescue of Nicholas and his dad Robbie was conducted successfully from the top of the trawler (made complex by the mast and other obstacles coming off the top of the boat) and Nicholas was taken to Mackay Base Hospital so his eye could be treated.

Nicholas’ grandmother Shirley said “The helicopter crew were wonderful and took great care of Nick. We knew when he started to feel better because he couldn’t wait to get back to school to share his recue story for Show and Tell.”

“His eye has healed nicely and luckily he has retained perfect eyesight. I am sure that is due to how quickly the helicopter crew got him to hospital. We are sincerely grateful to all at CQ Rescue for their care and concern.”

Cardiac Emergency

Lee Penola’s wife Samone describes Tuesday 3 September 2013 as “the worst day of my life because it’s the day my husband nearly died.” Lee, 31 thought he was experiencing indigestion when he felt a pain in his chest but that quickly snowballed into a massive cardiac arrest. Samone called Triple Zero and Queensland Ambulance Service officers responded just in time, shocking Lee back to life 10 times over a distance of only 35km from their family home in Sarina to Mackay Base Hospital.

RACQ CQ Rescue then stepped in to urgently airlift Lee on a mercy dash to Townsville General Hospital for emergency surgery.

Lee had a stent inserted in his heart and began his slow road to recovery. With five sons under the age of seven, full recovery was crucial, so he could return to work and be there to watch his young family grow up.

Samone says “By getting my husband to Townsville as quickly as possible, RACQ CQ Rescue helped save my husband’s life. My family will never be able to thank you enough for everything you have done for us.”

Primary Accidents

Providing direct delivery of medical care for critically ill or critically injured patients at the scene and during transportation, our medical team of trauma specialists respond to many types of primary accidents or illnesses including; asthma attacks; fractured bones; motor vehicle accidents; near drownings; respiratory conditions; pneumonia; serious infections; stroke; anaphylactic reactions; choking; poisoning; cardiovascular conditions; and burns.

Inter Facility Transfers

Unlike most scene calls, patients in need of inter facility transport between medical facilities such as remote hospitals to Base Hospitals are often attached to multiple monitors and medical devices. Patients range in age from infants to the elderly. Our team provides direct delivery of medical care for patients with serious medical conditions including neo-natal complications; medical conditions and heart attacks. 

Search and Rescue

Search and rescue (SAR) is the search for and provision of aid to people who are in distress or imminent danger. 

The field of search and rescue is determined by the type of terrain the search is conducted over including mountain rescue; urban search and rescue; and air-sea rescue over water. Our team responds to tasks such as boating incidents; overdue or missing vessels; irukandji stings; illnesses; and missing persons.

Motor Vehicle Accidents

Our team of highly trained health care professionals responds to and treats all types of medical and trauma emergencies at the scene of motor vehicle accidents and during transportation to medical facilities. These emergencies may include; head injuries; fractured bones; spinal injuries; and internal injuries.

Want to Know More

Should you require further information about including Central Queensland Helicopter Rescue Service Limited (CQ Rescue) in your Will, please contact our Bequest Coordinator on (07) 4998 5232.