Congratulations Mudgee ” Rescue Squad truck delivered after less than a year”.

KEYS PLEASE: Mudgee Rescue Squad Captain Brian Wells receives the keys to the Squad's new truck from Tracsery Truck Sales Consultant Daryl French.

KEYS PLEASE: Mudgee Rescue Squad Captain Brian Wells receives the keys to the Squad’s new truck from Tracsery Truck Sales Consultant Daryl French.

The Mudgee Rescue Squad saw the fruits of its campaign on Tuesday when the new truck arrived in the depot driveway. After a few drives and taking the time to admire it, the truck was off to Complete Steel for work to start on the new back. The squad hopes to have the new vehicle on the road by mid-March. Mudgee Rescue Squad President Geoff Hawes said, “it’s very exciting to see the culmination of a year’s fundraising”.
“We’d like to say thank you very much to the people of Mudgee and the district and all of the organisations that have been associated with the fundraising.” He said the group hadn’t expected to raise the money and take delivery of the new truck less than a year after the fundraising began. “We were looking at about June this year before we would even be close,” he said.
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Rescue Squad donations still rolling in

SAVING LOCALS: Parsons Brinckerhoff employees at Ulan West donated more than $7000 towards the Mudgee Rescue Squad's new truck. The official donation was made on Thursday to Squad members Doug Brigg, Garry Dollisson, and Wayne Joseph.

SAVING LOCALS: Parsons Brinckerhoff employees at Ulan West donated more than $7000 towards the Mudgee Rescue Squad’s new truck. The official donation was made on Thursday to Squad members Doug Brigg, Garry Dollisson and Wayne Joseph.

Mudgee Rescue Squad’s new truck arrived recently and official donations are still coming in.
On Thursday Parsons Brinckerhoff employees at Xstrata Coal’s Ulan West Project presented $7100 to the Mudgee Rescue Squad. Parsons Brinckerhoff’s Ulan West Project Manager, Jeff Boylan, said the Mudgee Rescue Squad was the employees’ chosen charity for 2012.
“Our aim was to support a local cause so that together we can give back to the community,” he said. “Squad-trained volunteers provide land search and rescue. Continue reading

2013 in with a bang

Mudgee Rescue Squad watch the fireworks over Parklands Resort on Monday evening, marking the end of a busy and successful 2012 for the squad.

The Mudgee Rescue Squad had reason to celebrate the star! of 2013. At the beginning of 2012, members were wondering how they would raise the $105,000 they needed to replace their 27-year-old rescue vehicle. But as they joined hundreds enjoying the free New Year’s Eve fireworks display at Parklands Resort an :Monday night, the Rescue Squad members were looking forward to the delivery of their new vehicle, already on order following an outstanding community fundraising effort which raised the money needed — and more — in less than 12 months. Funds raised at Parklands’ New Year’s Eve celebration will allow the Rescue Squad to equip the new vehicle. Continue reading

High School gift takes Rescue Squad campaign above target

Mudgee Rescue Squad has reached its fundraising target of $115,000 to buy a new rescue truck, even surpassing it to move towards a new back for the truck. Mudgee Hugh School’s Year 12 fundraising contributed $22,169.35 to push the project over the line, taking the total raised to $117,000. Geoff Hawes president of the Rescue Squad said the total was reached thanks to the dedication and generosity of people and organisations in the Mudgee region that took the project to their hearts.
It’s just unbelievable,” he said “People have been walking in and giving us cheques.”
Mr Hawes said the town deserved a pat on the bark for responding to an Important project that would benefit Mudgee and the district for years to come and make an important addition to the region’s emergency rescue capability.
He said Club Mudgee deserved special mention for starting the appeal and pursuing it zealously, along with service clubs, mines, council, and the many individuals who made donations, bought tickets and attended barbecues Every donation has contributed to this success story, small and large,’ he said.
The group had originally hoped to reach its target mid-2013, but support from the community and events such as The Property Shops Tradies Night accelerated the process and gave the group confidence to move into a second phase of fundraising.
The squad is constantly raising money to pay for its fuel and operational expenses and will new work toward raising between $30,000 and $40,000 to fit the truck with a new back compartments and racks to hold power leads and tools.
Parklands Resort will contribute funds raised at it’s New Years Eve fireworks display to the project.
The Rescue Squad has already spoken to Complete Steel about designing the new back, and on Monday will start negotiating with the truck companies to buy its new vehicle.

Article by Sam Paine Mudgee Guardian, November 23 2012

The Property Shop Auction

The Property Shop has donated $10,600 to the Mudgee Rescue Squad, which is half of the money raised at their successful Tradies Night.
Mudgee Rescue Squad Publicity Officer Errol Grieve said they couldn’t believe how much the fundraising night raised. “What a phenomenal outcome, it far exceeded our expectations and we’re eternally grateful to the Mudgee community for what they’ve done and their generosity,” he said. Property Shop Director Andrew Palmer said the money will go towards a worthwhile cause and thanked those that made the amount possible. “It was a fantastic night, as a business we’re very happy to support such an important community organisation and express our thanks to the trades community for their generosity,” he said.
The Property Shop had originally set a target to raise about $7500 from the night but ended raising close to $22,000. Half of this amount will go to the Squad, the other will be given to the Mudgee Hospital Maternity Ward who are looking to buy window shutters. The night also raised $4000 for the business’s November fundraising.
Around 110 people attended the annual fundraising event, which is also when the Property Shop thanks the local trades people who carry out work for the real estate agent.
Mr Grieve said the “future looks bright” for the Squad as they choose the model of truck they will purchase and look towards a new back for the vehicle. They hope to have their new truck by March.

Article Sam Potts – Mudgee Guardian, December 12 2012

Fund Drive still trucking

TRUCK CHEQUE: The Rotary Club of Mudgee supported the Mudgee Rescue Squad’s campaign to purchase a new truck with a donation on Tuesday night. (From left) Ian Morgan, Keith Underwood, Wayne Joseph, Val Webb, and George Samanc.

The Mudgee Rescue Squad’s campaign to raise funds for a new truck continues with the Rotary Club of Mudgee donating $6,000 on Tuesday
The donation brings the Squad’s total a bit closer to the required amount of $105,000 to replace ‘Rescue 1 vehicle’.
Past president of the Rotary Club of Mudgee, Val Webb said the Squad’s campaign came to the club’s attention earlier in the year and seemed worthy of support. Continue reading

Squad campaign closer to target.

TRUCKING ALONG: The Mudgee Volunteer Rescue Squad’s campaign to replace their aging truck is on schedule. (From left) Colin Ratcliff, Garry Dollisson, Geoff Hawes, Brian Wells, Anthony Stewart, Errol Grieve, Keith Underwood, and Phillip Blackman.

The Mudgee Volunteer Rescue Squad’s campaign to purchase a new truck has raised close to $67,000 leaving around $38,000 to go, Squad secretary Garry Dollisson said the campaign is on track for where they wanted to be at this stage.  “The fundraising is on schedule and that’s due to the continued generosity of local residents, I think that the community support has been increasing throughout the campaign,” he said.  Still to be added to the total is Shannon Noll’s local concert in October at Club Mudgee, the Club have been strong supporters of the Squad’s efforts. Continue reading

Rescue Squad talks about safe driving.

DONATION: Mudgee Rescue Squad President Geoff Hawes receives a donation for $4000 for the squad’s campaign for a new truck from Double R Heavy Equipment Repairs Managing Director Rusty Russell following a safe
driving presentation to Double R staff.

The Mudgee Rescue Squad recently attended a training day held by Double R Heavy Equipment Repairs.
President Geoff Hawes presented with a focus on safe driving and awareness.
The Mudgee Rescue Squad, who specialise in the extraction of people trapped in vehicular accidents, talked specifically about excess speeding, tail gating, wildlife and driver fatigue.
Al] of which are contributing factors to motor vehicle accidents in the local region.
To show their appreciation of Mudgee Rescue Squad’s involvement in tile community. Double R donated $4000 towards the upgrading of the squad’s rescue truck. Continue reading

Club Mudgee $8000 gift for Squad

Pictured (from left to right) are Club Mudgee director Brian Algie and president David Nelson, VRA life member Keith Underwood, Club Mudgee CEO Maureen Heywood, VRA vice president Wayne Joseph and Club Mudgee marketing manager Kellie Gant.

The Mudgee Rescue Squad VRA are closer to gaining their new truck thanks to a $8000 funding boost from Club Mudgee. Club Mudgee representatives met with members of the VRA on Wednesday to present the cheque. The total included $5000 plus further funds raised from Club Mudgee Race Day and the Easter Saturday Afternoon on
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Rescue Squad Campaign gaining momentum


Old Truck: Mudgee Rescue Squad members pictured with the 27 year old truck they are raising money to replace (From left) original member Keith Underwood, captain Brian Wells, vice president/vice captain Wayne Joseph, assistant admin Errol Grieve, and secretary/deputy captain Garry Dollisson.

The Mudgee Rescue Squad’s campaign to replace its aging truck is gaining momentum with around $18,000 raised so far.
last Wednesday the Squad was one of the recipients of Family First Credit Union’s Community Support Program donations, receiving $1,000.
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