August 2021

MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT

Hi everyone,

Activation numbers are showing no sign of slowing down, and continue at well above record levels, with year to date numbers almost twice last year’s record levels. Medivacs continue to rise with 59 so far this year, compared to 62 for all of 2020. We have assisted over 400 people this year, well over double the 2020 rate.

Click HERE for the July activations.

VMRW signs Collaboration Agreement with QFES

We have followed the lead given by our colleagues at VMR Mackay, and signed a Collaboration Agreement between ourselves and Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) that will help provide increased emergency service capability to the Whitsundays region.

Darryl King (QFES Regional Assistant Commissioner) joined VMRW President, Mal Priday, and VMRW Secretary Roger Wodson to officially sign the agreement that will see a cooperative working relationship between the two organisations for the future. Some of the opportunities discussed included possible beach evacuations when fires had cut road access, crew and equipment transport to remote areas after cyclones had cut roads, and potential transport of fire and emergency personnel to vessels in the event of an onboard fire.

The vision is to utilise VMR Whitsunday to provide marine services in the event of emergency situations, and to consider potential cross-training and equipment sharing and utilisation. A fantastic ‘win-win’ for all citizens in the Whitsundays should emergency situations arise.

New GOLD Sponsor!

VMR Whitsunday is proud to announce that SeaLink has entered into a Gold Sponsorship Agreement, in recognition of the marine safety net that VMR Whitsunday provides to the island and boating communities of the Whitsundays.

SeaLink spokesman, Shane McNally, said “We are delighted to be able to support VMR Whitsunday and help them to continue the important work the volunteer service delivers to the Whitsunday community.

SeaLink operate the ferry services to and from Hayman Island Resort, Magnetic and Palm Islands as well as a number of other locations in Queensland and other states.

Once again, we are delighted at the level of support we receive from the Whitsundays community. It is great recognition of the dedication and willingness of our volunteers to support the marine and island communities.

Donations following a Medivac

VMR Whitsunday was pleasantly surprised by the $500 donation received from the grateful father of one of our medivac patients after a Jet Ski accident – and doubly so when his employer decided to match the donation!

VMRW is a registered not-for-profit charity, and any donations to help us keep operating are tax-deductible. Donations can be made HERE.

Membership is cheap insurance…tell your friends!

VMR Whitsunday membership is cheap insurance at just $80 – membership renewals and new memberships can be done online. Your membership helps to keep us going in case you need us.

Kind regards,
Mal Priday
President,
Volunteer Marine Rescue Whitsunday