The Alive and Well, Ride for the Chopper is coming ever-closer, and riders are ready

A sponsors’ morning tea on Wednesday at Calala Inn, was a good chance to catch up with the teams taking part in this year’s Alive and Well, Ride for the Chopper event, raising money for the Westpac rescue helicopter.

Riders will jump on their mountain bikes from Friday, September 21. The ride will start out from Tamworth and pass through Nundle, Ellerston, Scone, Muswellbrook, Singleton and Kurri Kurri

The event is now in its 18th year and has already raised more than $84,500 dollars. That is money that will go towards ensuring that no one ever has to pay for the service.

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Today the service operates 24/7 out of three bases in Tamworth, Belmont (Newcastle) and Lismore, flying four state-of-the-art AW139 rescue helicopters.

The Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service is expected to assist close to 2,000 people throughout Northern NSW in 2018.