Jo Lysaught, Helen Morison, Elaine Ware and Donna West get ready for their High Tea at the Grafton District Services Club on September 15 to raise money for the Westpac Life Saver Helicopter.
Jo Lysaught, Helen Morison, Elaine Ware and Donna West get ready for their High Tea at the Grafton District Services Club on September 15 to raise money for the Westpac Life Saver Helicopter. Adam Hourigan

High tea will aid helicopter rescues

ELAINE Ware is a woman on a fundraising mission. She's driven by personal experience and joined by a group of very dedicated volunteers.

Mrs Ware is the secretary of the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter Grafton Support Group, and like most people in the Valley, knows somebody who has needed the services of the rescue helicopter.

"My son, Mitchell, sustained a head injury from a football accident a few years ago," she said.

"He was flown to the Gold Coast. After that I realised what a valuable service it was."

Since then, Mrs Ware has been involved in fundraising for the service.

"Everybody you speak to knows of somebody who has needed the helicopter," she said. "As soon as you mention the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter, people are very willing to help out."

Earlier this year, the support group held a barefoot bowls day to raise money.

On Sunday, September 15, the support group will host a fundraising high tea at the Grafton District Services Club from 2.30pm.

"We thought we'd have something for the ladies," Mrs Ware said.

"Plenty of food and entertainment and it will be a great afternoon."

First prize in the raffle is four VIP Unlimited Entry passes to Dream World, Movie World, Sea World and Wet 'n' Wild.

Mrs Ware thanked the many local businesses who supported the event.

Tickets are $15 per person, or $120 for a table of eight, from the GDSC.

Reserve your seat before Wednesday, September 11.

For more information, phone Elaine on 0409 773 268.



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