Helicopter rotors against a blue sky. Featured image: impromptuwitz/shutterstock.com

Yancoal has announced a three-year extension to the ‘Lift Off Partners’ collaboration between its Yarrabee Coal Mine and CapRescue.

The mine will fund $30,000 annually over the three years, ensuring CapRescue can continue to offer approximately 300,000 Central Queensland residents access to lifesaving emergency helicopter rescue services. 

CapRescue is a community-based, not-for-profit registered charity that is critical in Central Queensland by rapidly deploying medical and rescue teams to major accidents, workplace incidents and inter-hospital transfers. Since its inception in 1996, it has saved more than 10,000 people across an expansive area of over 350,000km2. 

Operations Manager for CapRescue, Kirsty Wooler, said she was delighted to be maintaining the relationship. 

“Our lifesaving rescue service relies on partners like Yarrabee Coal. Their generosity and dedication to supporting us financially helps us take off every day to save lives over Central Queensland. 

Ms Wooler said CapRescue is an essential service that operates 24/7, 365 days a year, free of charge to people in the Capricorn region. 

“We are grateful for Yarrabee Coal’s financial assistance for another three years. It enables us to continue flying and making sure that no one is left without critical assistance during emergencies.” 

Yarrabee Coal Operations Manager, Mike Priestly, said he was proud to renew and strengthen the agreement. 

“We recognise that every day the CapRescue team respond to life and death situations and on one of those occasions it may be one of our people or their friends or family who need assistance. 

“Continuing to partner with such a vital community service aligns with our mission to make a positive impact on the communities where we operate and prioritise the health and wellbeing of our people.” 

The donation was part of the Yancoal Yarrabee Community Support Program, which aims to make a positive difference in the local community and to the lives of the people who work and live in the areas it operates. 

Featured image: impromptuwitz/shutterstock.com 

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