Nick gives a bit back to the chopper
By SALLY GORDON
WHEN Nick Geary broke his neck while pulling a BMX manoeuvre at the Grafton skatepark, he had to be airlifted to an interstate hospital for emergency treatment.
The Westpac Rescue Helicopter medical team flew the seriously injured bike rider to Brisbane's Mater Hospital.
The accident, which happened in July last year, put the then 12-year-old out of action for almost three months and has turned the young Grafton student against skatebowl riding.
Eight months down the track, Nick is fully recovered and the Geary family decided to give something back to those who helped Nick in his recovery.
Nick recently presented a cheque for more than $1300 to the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service.
The funds were the proceeds of a charity dinner and dance held at the South Grafton Ex-Servicemen's Club on March 11.
Nick's mum, Debbie, was instrumental in organising the event, which attracted generous sponsorship from local businesses including the Albion Hotel, Quality Inn, the Bridge Restaurant, Mighty River Ford and Black Toyota.
Debbie said Nick's accident emphasised how critical the service was for the local community.
"I've always been a supporter of the Westpac Rescue Helicopter," Debbie said.
"I know other people who have had to use them and since this has happened I've really got involved with them."