THE Sunny Cowgirls have shown their support for a favourite Tamworth charity- The Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service.
On Thursday afternoon, they braved the heat with a very appreciative crowd to perform and sign items for fans at the Big Golden Guitar, and help raise money fro the service through a sausage sizzle.
The Wicks Family from Gunnedah also did a whip cracking demonstration.
The helicopter service’s spokesman Barry Walton said the fundraiser ran for more than two hours, raising more than $200 for the charity.
“The girls (Celeste and Sophie Clabburn) came out to the base on Wednesday to see the helicopter and see how everything ran,” Barry said.
“The support group has the bush ballad fundraiser before the festival every year, but this is the first time artists have done something like this. We are more than happy to have that support of artists if they have the time to do it, though.”
The service’s float in today’s cavalcade will feature The Viper Creek Band.
Barry said the fundraiser was organiser through Big Golden Guitar centre owner Tom Coulton.
The service is constantly looking to raise funds, with each mission costing $3000 an hour.
The service is free to users and costs $3.4 million to run annually.
$1.7 comes from NSW Ambulance and Health Department, $1.2 million from the community and the rest comes from corporate sponsors.
“Going into our 13th year, we are very thankful for the community that we can continue the service,” Barry said.
“It’s an expensive service, but we have saved many lives with the help of the great work at the hospitals and paramedics and we continue to ensure a high class service for the region.”