THE Scone Horse Festival may have wrapped up for another year, but the community is still reaping the benefits.
An extremely successful Fete and Markets at Scone Grammar School has allowed the school’s P&F committee the opportunity to give back, donating $500 to the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service locally.
Scone Grammar School P&F Treasurer Erryn Day thanked the community for its support on the day.
“There were crowds of people and around 4,000 meals were sold,” she said.
“We were very well supported and the switch from Saturday to Sunday this year meant it was a really relaxed family day.
“Because we had such a great day it’s allowed us to give back and we already have such a great relationship with the Westpac Rescue Helicopter.
“It’s such a great cause to donate to.”
The Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service Scone Support Group was formed in 2011 and in that time has risen over $350,000 locally through the sale of merchandise, raffles, money tins, barbeques, donations and involvement at the Scone Cup during the Scone Horse Festival.
Treasurer Ann Martin said the group appreciates the support throughout the Upper Hunter area.
“People would be aware that the Rescue Helicopter is used regularly in our area,” she said.
“We like to emphasise that no one has ever been charged for this service and it is something we all hope we will never have to use but it is comforting to know it is available if the need arises.
“We hear so often people’s stories of how the helicopter service helped them or someone in their family and how grateful they are.”
The Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service Scone Support Group meets on the third Wednesday of each month at the Upper Hunter Shire Council Chambers at 4pm.
“At present we have approximately 20 enthusiastic members and we are always looking for ways to raise money for such a worthy cause,” Mrs Martin said.
“Anyone interested in joining the support group would be most welcome”.
For more information contact Chairman Errol Bates on 65453164 or Treasurer Ann Martin on 65451576.