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18 May 2020
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Pocket parks face renewed threat, says reserves group
Woy Woy postmaster retires after 35-year career
Council approves five-storey hotel for Ettalong
Video meeting of community groups welcomed
Masterplan on display for second time
Draft plan envisages revitalisation of Woy Woy
Draft strategy 'well-considered and consistent', says Cox
Council appoints panel, but records its objection
Hardy's Bay club seeks $100,000 to avoid closure
Clothing ready for distribution
Rotary club connects with English club in video call
Salvos asks for online donations for Red Shield Appeal
Open space and footpath projects continue
Powers of council chief to be reviewed
Chamber of Commerce joins in Buy Local campaign
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Ideas wanted for Wagstaffe Square garden
Residents asked to check their eligibility for vouchers
Donations sought of study and care packages
CWA produce becomes raffle prizes
Tip re-opens
Aged care facilities receive extra funding
Stores to re-open
Council starts to respond to lack of toilet soap
Local planning panel is a win for developers
Deserving public acknowledgement
Rotary thanks patrons and sponsors
Approval for Woy Woy aged care $12 million alterations
Fundraising for rescue helicopter by kayak
Staff look over new aged care wing
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Fifth time lucky for Archibald Prize entrant?
Online access for religious and ethics education
Maintenance work carried out over Easter break
New water play park at Leisure Centre
Surf club uses grant to buy tractor
Roosters junior registration continues
Tribute to Pearl Beach fire brigade
Brigade formed early to fight fires at Pearl Beach
... and the fires continue

Fundraising for rescue helicopter by kayak

When Ms Lindsey Edgar of St Huberts Island broke her ankle in three places in February, it not only saw her housebound but also put a stop to her regular volunteer work for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service.

But as the badly broken ankle began to slowly heal, Ms Edgar was determined it wouldn't stop her altogether from supporting the service.

As soon as she was able, she took to her kayak and launched a fundraising appeal on the Everyday Hero website.

"I've been helping out the service with anything they need for three or four years now," she said.

"I collect money for them, help out at events; but when I broke my ankle that all came to a stop."

As the coronavirus pandemic intensified, the service was forced to abandon many of the fundraising events it relied on and Ms Edgar decided it was time to jump back into the fray.

"For 10 weeks, I was pretty much immobile but once I was on the road to recovery I realised there was a way I could still help," she said.

"Kayaking isn't particularly stressful on the ankle so I decided to jump back into my kayak and try to raise some money for the service along the way.

"I set a goal of $3000 for the month of May, but I thought even if I raised a few hundred dollars it would help."

So far, Ms Edgar has raised about $700 in donations.

"The service is millions down on what they would normally have in donations due to coronavirus restrictions, so this is my way of trying to help a little," she said.

"It is so expensive to run those helicopters and I want to do everything I can to ensure it remains a free service.

"I know it is a difficult time for many people to be able to donate, but I want to keep the service in people's minds."

Meanwhile, the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service has launched its annual appeal with a goal to raise over $300,000.

You can donate to Ms Edgar's appeal at, or at or by calling 1800 155 155.

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