2011 Dinner Wrap Up
$16K RAISED FOR HELICOPTERS PILOTS
On the 10th of January 2011 the day that the in-land Tsunami hit Grantham and the Lockyer Valley the angels came down from the sky and rescued over 40 people. The angels were the pilots of EMQ Helicopter Services led by Chief Pilot Mark Kempton. The conference dinner attendees had the opportunity to hear Mark Kempton’s tale of heroic acts in unspeakable conditions. Mark Kempton and his team rescued 28 people in the flood-devastated Queensland town of Grantham but his heart breaks when he thinks about the unfortunate souls he couldn’t save. Mark said that while he tries to concentrate on the people he did rescue, his ultimate wish would have been to rescue everyone who needed help in Grantham.
“You focus on the ones that you have saved, you can only do what you can do and we’re only human,” “We’d loved to have saved everyone, my heart just breaks thinking about it,”
But in an unpleasant twist of fate, Kempton returned to his house after saving people to find it had been submerged by the flood waters too. His selfless efforts, delivered when his own wife and children were being evacuated from their flooded home, saved the lives of 28 people. No question, they would have died without Mr Kempton and his crew.
Over two and a half hours on the frightful Monday afternoon in January, Mark Kempton and his EMQ Helicopter Services crew from Archerfield winched 28 people to safety. Another EMQ chopper rescued 15 more.
Over $20,000 was raised during the dinner for EMQ Helicopter Services and for those who attended the evening they were inspired by the heroes of the floods. A special thanks to Haymans Electrical Services for once-again sponsoring the evening and to Fuji Xerox for bringing along Liam Gill, Reds player to meet and greet the dinner guests and OfficeMax for bringing along Amy Steel from the Firebirds to play netball with the delegates. In addition the SCLAA Queensland Division announced the winners of the QLD SCl Awards and everyone had the opportunity to meet the inspiring leaders and future leaders that make up this wonderful industry. A fantastic evening that will be remembered by all for many years.
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