Thousands of ‘superheroes’ are expected to join the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service to help raise money and awareness of its work in May this year.
On Wednesday, 9 March 2016, the Service launched it’s new awareness campaign – Superhero Stride – with a number of staff, corporate supporters and guests dress as their favourite superheros.
The Superhero Stride will be held at Newcastle Foreshore on Sunday, 22 May 2016 and is a three-kilometre walk along the Newcastle Foreshore finishing at Nobby’s Beach Reserve with stacks of fun, food and entertainment. Participants can dress as their favourite superhero and can involve friends, family, school, day care or sporting clubs.
Superheros can also win prizes for best male, female, team and kids costumes. Additionally, superheroes who raise more than $200, $500, $1,000 or $2,000 are in the running to win awesome prizes, including a ride in the Rescue Helicopter.
Service General Manager, Richard Jones, said that while the event would appeal to people who enjoyed a walk, the Superhero Stride was a great opportunity for the young and the young at heart.
“Many of our Rescue Club members, volunteers, sponsors and supporters asked us to provide a fun way that they could also get their friends and family involved with the Service,” Richard said.
“We think the people who support the work of the Rescue Helicopters are ‘super’ and we know that the people of this region love to get active around our beautiful harbour.”
Registration is just $15 per person ($10 for kids under 16) or $50 for a team of five and can be made by visiting the Service website.
The Superhero Stride is supported by a number of local organisations including Westfield Kotara, endota Spa and Lollipops, with the support of local media including NBN, the Herald and NewFM.
Since 1975 the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service has grown from a part-time voluntary summer beach patrol to world-class aeromedical search and rescue operation.
No one has ever paid to be assisted by the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service. That is because their fellow citizens and the NSW Government through NSW Health and the Ambulance Service of NSW provide the funds that ensure the rescue helicopters are there when and where they are needed.