Newcastle and Hunter charities receive Awareness Day funds

The Newcastle Hunter Transport Awareness Day committee has handed over $47,000 to two of the region’s local charities

The Newcastle Hunter Region Transport Awareness Day committee hands over the cheques to beneficiaries Westpac Rescue Helicopter and Ronald McDonald House Charities on February 5

Following last November’s successful Newcastle Hunter Transport Awareness Day, the event’s committee has announced that $47,000 raised will be donated to two local charities – Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service and Ronald McDonald House Newcastle.

The presentation was held at Ronald McDonald House Newcastle on February 5 where the Newcastle Hunter Region Transport Awareness Group’s (NHRTAG) committee handed over cheques of $23,500 to each charity.

"This will ensure our Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service is there ready to respond 24/7 and keep the service free of charge and assist Ronald McDonald House Newcastle by keeping families of seriously ill children together and close to the care their children require," the NHRTAG said in a statement.

"It was an honour to be shown around the House again and also to see beautiful Emily doing so well."

Emily, who was diagnosed with leukaemia at age 4, starred in the Newcastle Hunter Transport Awareness Day launch video that aired on NBN early in 2019.

The NHRTAG says credit for the success of the event, which celebrated its 25th anniversary on November 10, goes to its major sponsors who worked closely with the committee to host the Transport Awareness Day. The 2019 sponsors include Muscat Trailers, Gilbert and Roach Newcastle, HYVA, Firestorm Fire Protection, Transport NSW, National Central, North Star Motors Newcastle, NatRoad, Carter Heavy Haulage, Driver Training NSW, Bogacz Insurance, SRH Milk Haulage, Mackas Sand & Soil, Pace Bulk Haulage, Cummins South Pacific, Simmons Bulk Haulage and O’Neill’s Heavy Towing & Salvage.

"We would also like to thank everyone that attended the event, purchased raffle tickets or auction items, made donations and helped were needed."

The Newcastle Hunter Region Transport Awareness Group committee says, although it is only a small group of volunteers, they are all passionate individuals driven by community involvement and satisfaction.

"Words cannot describe the number of hours that go in behind the scenes to make this event happen; so a massive congratulations to you all."

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