Rescue helicopter visits Dalgety

The Snowy Hydro SouthCare Rescue Helicopter made a special trip to Dalgety to visit Public School students on Wednesday last week to say thank you for their fundraising efforts. The visit was the main prize for the school that raised the most money for the rescue helicopter - the school raised $1800.

Dalgety P&C president Kate Heeley said it was a really wonderful reward for the school and community.

"Ten schools were invited to participate and our school raised the most money - $200 a head, but they also raised the most money out of the 10 schools which were big and small," Mrs Heeley said.

"We've set a new benchmark for fundraising for the helicopter for the future.

"It is a great indicator for the amount of support the school has in the community and how important the helicopter is to our area."

Snowy Hydro's Matt Turner said it was a "mammoth effort" by the school.

"It is really appreciated and helps to keep us in the air."

The rescue helicopter has been very busy last financial year, flying 450 'missions' or 600 flying hours, including 15 trips to the ski resorts this winter to retrieve injured skiers and snowboarders.

The rescue helicopter flew to Dalgety at 200 kilometres an hour or 110 knots at 4,500 feet.

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