Victorian wool growers and buyers worked together to raise $13,224 for the Helimed Ambulance Auxiliary, Stock and Land reports.
Two bales of wool, made up of fleeces donated by growers in the Omeo district, was given to the Helimed to sell at auction.
District wool manager Mal Nicholls congratulated the grower group for doubling the amount of wool donated in the second year of this community effort.
Mr Nicholls said the medical helicopter in East Gippsland was “essential in saving lives”.
He said East Gippsland residents had been involved in “a number of” accidents last year requiring helicopter evacuation, including his son who was flown to the Eye and Ear Hospital after an angle grinder clogged up and something hit his eye.
Mr Nicholls said last year, Helimed was able to out blood stores on their helicopters as well as ultrasound machines, that were able to scan and send images to hospitals before the patients arrived.
Mr Nicholls credited Omeo woolgrower Belinda Smith, Innisfail, with driving this fundraiser.
Ms Smith, who works with parents Alan and Noeleen, said her mother suggested supporting Helimed because the service has helped lots of people in their community. She said Burt Ahsan who helps with the show’s wool events had some great ideas too.
Gippsland wool makes $13K for charity (Stock and Land)
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