MATS welcomes $15k donation from Lions Club

Maryborough Lions Club president Lorraine Parker (centre) presents a $15,000 cheque to MATS steering committee chair Dianne Mullins and local paramedic Ross Barkla.

The Maryborough Aeromedical Transfer Station (MATS) is $15,000 closer to becoming a reality thanks to a generous donation from the Maryborough Lions Club.

The MATS steering committee was presented with the $15,000 cheque at the Lions’ monthly dinner meeting on Tuesday last week which will go towards the project’s construction.

The transfer station will provide an environment where local patients will be treated and trans- ferred from a road ambulance to an emergency aircraft to specialist hospitals.

Lions club president and secretary Lorraine Parker said donating to the MATS project was a pleasure.

“When we first mentioned donating to MATS all our members said yes, let’s go with it, there wasn’t a question of doubt from anyone.

“It’s a great pleasure for our club to donate these funds, it’s a very worthy project. The transfer station is not a luxury, it’s a necessity.”

Ms Parker said the money comes from the Lions’ bookshop, monthly market and other fundraisers and events held throughout the year.

MATS steering committee chair Dianne Mullins accepted the cheque last week along with local paramedics and said she was delighted and surprised with the donation.

For more on this story see Page 10 of The Advertiser, Friday, June 14

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