Friday, October 31, 2014

Queensland's CareFlight aeromedical service has been boosted by a $2,500 donation from Power Tynan.

The cheque to CareFlight was presented to CareFlight Queensland's south-west Relationship Manager Sarah Delahunty by Power Tynan Executive Director Amanda Kenafake at a ceremony in the Power Tynan Stanthorpe office.

"This important donation can help us further by providing critical equipment on board our flights," explained Sarah. "For example, a trauma and blood kit costs us $1,400. We carry these on many missions such as attending major motor vehicle accidents on regional and rural roads.

"Every lifesaving mission we fly costs CareFlight an average of $12,500."

Power Tynan set up a Charitable Trust in 2010, funded by personal donations from staff. In the past four years, the Trust has donated more than $100,000 to not-for-profit organisations throughout the Darling Downs and Granite Belt.

The firm recently opened the Trust to the public with a secure online system. Donations can be made by going to the Charitable Trust page of this site. All major cards are accepted. Or call Power Tynan on 07 4688 8400.

"We truly appreciate the incredible work of CareFlight in regional and rural Australia," said Amanda Kenafake. "Knowing that these funds can have an immediate impact in saving lives is exciting to our team."

Ms Delahunty said that CareFlight's work touches nearly everyone in the community.

"Every dollar a person donates will go toward helping someone the donor knows," she said. "We help many people in every single community." 

CareFlight was established in 1986 to provide rapid response critical care.

Today the organisation operates a fleet of helicopters, aeroplanes and medi-jets to bring a hospital level of care to the critically ill and injured.

CareFlight doctors and nurses are specially trained in pre-hospital and transport medicine. They care for severely injured patients who need emergency treatment at the scene of the incident. They also transport seriously ill patients who need to be moved between hospitals.

Currently, CareFlight aeromedical teams care for more than 5,000 patients a year.