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.
The campaign is also the beneficiary of Mudgee High School’s Year 12 Rainbow Day fundraiser at the end of the current school term. Squad publicity officer Errol Grieve said the Squad appreciates the support of the students. “We want to express how gratitude to the Year 12 students of Mudgee High School for choosing us, it really sets a great example for the community,” he said. Local community groups such as the Rotary Club Mudgee have also supported the campaign through donations of thousands of dollars.  The Squad must raise all of the $100,000 plus required themselves in order to replace ‘Rescue 1 vehicle’, which is now over 27 years old.
The squad responds to road crash rescue, aircraft and rail, land search and rescue, inland waterway, industrial, domestic, and other specialist rescue in the region.

Article Sam Potts – Mudgee Guardian, September 3 2012