Rode to Rescue documentary detailing the 2017 Ride for the Chopper and Westpac Rescue Helicopter Tamworth to feature at Forum 6 Cinemas

Tales to tell: The story behind the Ride for the Chopper and the beginnings of the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service in Tamworth will be screened in a documentary at Forum 6 Cinemas in Tamworth on Monday. Photo: Supplied
Tales to tell: The story behind the Ride for the Chopper and the beginnings of the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service in Tamworth will be screened in a documentary at Forum 6 Cinemas in Tamworth on Monday. Photo: Supplied

THEY conquered the Great Dividing Range on two wheels, but the real story behind the Ride for the Chopper is set to hit the big screen on Monday.

Rode to Rescue – a documentary on the beginnings of the Tamworth-based Westpac Rescue Helicopter – will be screened at the Forum 6 Cinemas in Tamworth.

Tales to tell: The story behind the Ride for the Chopper and the beginnings of the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service in Tamworth will be screened in a documentary at Forum 6 Cinemas in Tamworth on Monday. Photo: Supplied

Tales to tell: The story behind the Ride for the Chopper and the beginnings of the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service in Tamworth will be screened in a documentary at Forum 6 Cinemas in Tamworth on Monday. Photo: Supplied

Tamworth-based filmmaker Daniel Raffaele captured the 2017 Ride for the Chopper, detailing the stories of more than 75 riders and crew on the trek, and why they do what they do.

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The feature-length film also paints the story on how the chopper came to take off in Tamworth in 2000 after a six-year push, spearheaded by Walcha farmer Hamish McLaren.

Mr Raffaele said he couldn’t pass up the opportunity to tell the story.

He followed the ride, using cameras on bikes, a drone and the back of a car to capture the gruelling ride and determination of those on the mammoth trek from Woolgoolga to Tamworth. 

The documentary will screen at 8pm on Monday, tickets are $20 at the door and all proceeds got to the rescue service.