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