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Bundaberg Police run to rescue

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Graham Crowden, Chief Bear, Steph McKenzie, Cluedo and Brendan Smith at the Run to Rescue fundraiser.

Bundaberg and Gin Gin police stepped up to the cause today, literally.

The police spent the day running and walking around the CBD to raise money for RACQ LifeFlight.

For the month of July, RACQ LifeFlight Rescue is challenging the Queensland community to run, walk or ride a combined 20,000km, to match what a single rescue helicopter can fly in a month, while raising funds for RACQ LifeFlight.

Taking part in that initiative was Bundaberg and Gin Gin Police, who joined forces to enter a Bundaberg Police team boasting 22 members, including both sworn and unsworn staff.

From 9am – 12pm on 9 July, officers, along with RACQ LifeFlight Rescue staff and volunteers, met at Bundaberg beat and asked community members to dig deep and spare a few dollars for the worthwhile cause.

All the while, Police members were doing rounds of the Bundaberg CBD, and getting up their kilometres. Police Mascot Cluedo and RACQ LifeFlight Rescue mascot, Chief Bear, were also in attendance on the day and participating in a running race of their own.

St John’s Lutheran Kindergarten also supported the event by making two helicopters for officers to wear while walking laps of the CBD to boost their total kilometres.

RACQ LifeFlight Rescue Bundaberg Community Engagement Coordinator, Steph McKenzie said there was no hesitation from police to join the fundraising initiative.

“Life flight have come up with a new online fundraising initiative in the form of an online fundraiser called run to rescue,” Steph said.

“You can enter as a person or team; Bundaberg Police have entered a team of 22 runners/ walkers and they decided it would be really cool to do a day of the officers running the CBD.”

Funds raised will assist with purchasing safety equipment, medical equipment, as well as helicopter fuel and maintenance.

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