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Savanah Aspery with her homemade ‘thank you’ cupcakes that she presented to the Crew of the Service to show her appreciation for being rescued on Christmas Day 2017.

‘Rescue Day’

The thought of having to call triple zero on Christmas Day because a family member has had an accident on the farm is not something that anyone would expect nor want to endure. This frightening turn of events became a reality last year for one Far North Coast family which saw young Savanah Aspery (pictured) needing an emergency flight a board the regions Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter. Savanah had sustained injuries that required surgery after she fell from a high mounted flying fox. For Savanah, she is now one of over 9,200 people since 1982 to become a patient of the Rescue Helicopter with her incredible rescue story being highlighted as part of the Services annual ‘Rescue Day’ appeal. Rescue Day (Friday the 10th August) is all about celebrating the vital role that the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter Service plays in responding to emergencies across Northern NSW from its base in Lismore. Regional Marketing Manager for the Service, Zeke Huish commented ‘Each year the Service becomes part of the family story for hundreds of people across our region. Rescue Day is our one day of the year where we highlight our role in helping to save countless lives and the impact this has on local families and their community’. “Rescue Day will see businesses, community groups, daycare centres and schools lending their support to raise funds and keep the Service free of charge to the patients we transport”. “Importantly, all donation support received on Rescue Day in our region, stays in our region, to directly benefit the Service based in Lismore” remarked Mr Huish. To read Savanah’s rescue story in full visit the Service’s website at with donation support being able to be given via this website or by calling 1800 155 155.