Food and flights night to raise funds for MATS

MATS steering committee chair Dianne Mullins, Maryborough Highland Society general manager Malcolm Blandthorn, paramedics Mark Passalick and Sherridyn Coleman and MATS steering committee member Anne Canterbury are encouraging residents to attend the fundraiser for the aeromedical transfer station project.

Residents are being urged to come together for a night of food and entertainment next month, in an effort to raise funds for the Maryborough Aeromedical Transfer Station (MATS) project.

The MATS will provide an environment where patients from Maryborough and district communities will be treated and transferred from a road ambulance to an emergency aircraft to specialist hospitals.

The building at the local airport will ensure patient privacy and an environment which is protected from the elements, such as wind, sun, rain, cold and heat, day and night.

MATS steering committee chair, Dianne Mullins said paramedics need to have a safe, secure environment to provide treatment before a patient is airlifted to another health service.

The Maryborough Highland Society, the Maryborough Community Bank (Bendigo Bank), the MATS steering committee and the Ambulance Auxiliary are planning a full night of entertainment from the Maryborough Big Band, along with a Ploughman’s Buffet, pavlovas, auctions, raffles and games.

The night will kick off at 7 pm on Saturday, June 1.

Tickets are $25 per person and can be purchased from the Maryborough Highland Society at the front desk or by contacting 5461-1480.

For more on this story see Page 9 of The Advertiser, Friday, May 10

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