Wayne Dude Ensbey could of spent the rest of his life as a quadriplegic after the Casino truck driver rolled his truck 11 weeks ago and broke his neck in two places. But thankfully, with a little luck and the assistance of the Life Saver Rescue Helicopter, he safely made it to hospital for emergency treatment.
Still sporting a neck brace, Wayne was chipper at the Life Saver Rescue Helicopter base on Monday, lending his support behind the drive to get volunteer door knockers to come out collecting this Sunday, August 27, for the annual Doorknock Day appeal.
Nicholas Chiselett and his five-year-old daughter Caitlynd were also there to sing the praises of the helicopter service, which helped transport the Clunes family to hospital for Caitlynds dramatic arrival during the 2001 flood.
Doorknock Day is the services biggest annual fundraiser, netting over $100,000 each year, and needs 1000 volunteers to cover 63 collection areas from Bonalbo to Broadwater and Lismore to Lennox Head.
Business development manager Nyree Epplett-Higgins said they relied heavily on schools, which made up around 80 to 90 per cent of collectors.
Anoushka Delaney from St Johns College Woodlawn said she knew two people who had used the helicopter service a family friend who had an aneurism and a neighbour who was in a serious car accident. However, she said she would have volunteered regardless.
I just think if anyone has got to use it, then its worth helping, she said.
Meanwhile, as a result of his experience, Wayne and his fellow truck drivers are holding a charity golf day on October 1 to raise even more funds.
Wayne was trapped in his truck for two hours before Casino rescue workers got him out. Time was of the essence, but it was also critical how he was moved. Wayne was stabilised by the Life Saver crew before being airlifted to hospital.
It was his first time in a helicopter but he lost consciousness just as he got on board.
I missed the best part, he joked. We didnt realise how serious it was at the time, but there was literally nothing between being dead, being a quadriplegic and being how I am now. It makes me feel good to be alive.
People wanting to volunteer a few hours on Sunday to collect for Doorknock Day should call 6627 4444. Otherwise, keep your wallet handy for when someone comes aknocking.
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