A PATIENT lifter is essential equipment for any hospital, therefore when the one at the Oberon Hospital broke down, Oberon Hospital Auxiliary came to the rescue with funds to purchase a new one.
The Auxiliary's funds were boosted from the generosity of Brenda Lyon who donated proceeds from her open garden in the recent Daffodil Dawdle.
Hospital Auxiliary members – especially Judy Haslop, Rhonda Boyce, Bronwyn Harvey, Jan Hazelwood and Lurline Ralls – worked hard to bake scones and serve Devonshire teas at the garden open days.
ON October 14, Oberon Fire and Rescue captain Keven Verhoeven was one of the first dozen out of 600 firefighters to climb the iconic Sydney Tower Eye as quickly as possible in full structural firefighting ensemble to raise money and awarenss for Motor Nerone Disease.
In 2016 Mr Verhoeven ran it in 23 minutes and was hoping to get below the 20 minute time this year but this did nto happen.
Mr Verhoeven said when the group reached the 11th floor, they discovered the access hatch had been closed by security.
"Unfortunately it took about 10 minutes to get them to come up and unlock it,” said Mr Verhoeven.
"We were stranded in the stairwell and any chance of bettering last year running time was lost.
"My official finishing time was 29 minutes."
The fastest firefighter up the tower on the day was Jeremy Crumblin at a time of 10 minutes 14 seconds.
In total, NSW Fire and Rescue personel raised $614,000 with $2020 coming from Oberon.
“Thanks to the community for their support. We have raised $1.3 million dollars over the three years we have run the event."
Mr Verhoeven thanked everyone who donated.
"I would like to especially single out Oberon Bakehouse, Long Arm Farm and Oberon Farm Meats who not only donated products and services, but were instrumental in the fundraising efforts.
"We have already started to plan for 2018 which, as always, will be bigger and better."