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Rock to the Rescue returns May 25 for Rescue Helicopter

The Lismore App

14 May 2024, 10:01 PM

Rock to the Rescue returns May 25 for Rescue HelicopterSLUG lead singer Dave Slade and bass player Leon Beveridge. Photo: Lisa Gough

Despite being in its 10th year, it’s time for the 8th offering of ‘Rock to the Rescue’ on Saturday, May 25.


This much-loved Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service fundraiser missed out on a couple of years due to COVID and floods.



Previously, the cheeky grungy rock feel has been well attended over many years with the South Lismore Bowlo proving to be a great home venue.


Starting at 6:30pm on Saturday, May 25th, the event will showcase 5 fantastic and energetic local bands all offering to play for the cause.



The bands in order of appearance on the night are THE BODGIES who are Rock to the Rescue repeat offenders, THIS KISS KILLS who are new, SLUG who put on a great set last year, THE ANTOBODIES who are Rock to the Rescue royalty, and TOTAL BUZZKILL who have a new single out now called ‘The Matriarch’ to check out.


Doors open at 6pm and you will be welcomed by the legendary Red Ravens. Entry is a $10 donation at door and merchandise will be on sale along with a raffle.


Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service spokesperson John Bancroft stated “we sincerely thank the bands and all volunteers for donating their time and talents. The event and associated fundraising has grown each year and we are looking forward to a great night again”.



For enquiries please contact John on 0458 668 999 or via email at [email protected]


About the Service: 

The Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service was established in 1975 and through community support and fundraising it has become a critical service that operates four AW139 helicopters from three bases in Belmont, Tamworth and Lismore. The Service, in partnership with NSW Ambulance and NSW Health, delivers aeromedical search, rescue and inter-hospital transfers to care for communities from north of the Hawkesbury River through to the Queensland border and throughout the New England North West.


(Rock to the Rescue Founders John Bancroft , Jasin Hughes and Darrell Crockford. Photo: Lisa Gough)


Along with the Pilot and Aircrew Officer, every prehospital emergency response mission launches with a dedicated NSW Ambulance Critical Care Paramedic, NSW Health Doctor and depending on the needs of each patient the team may include specialist nursing professionals. 


The Community, Business Partners and the NSW Government through NSW Ambulance and NSW Health, provide the funds to ensure the Westpac Rescue Helicopter continues to save lives across Northern NSW.

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