Injured rider praises LifeFlight rescuers
KATRINA Wallace, 27, knows better than most how crucial the RACQ LifeFlight rescue service is in an emergency.
The keen rider was the most recent patient to be airlifted by the crew from Manar Park, which held a fundraising event for LifeFlight at the weekend.
Ms Wallace came off her dirt bike while riding at the four-wheel-drive and motorbike adventure park last month.
She was knocked unconscious in the fall, and suffered a severe compound fracture to the humerus bone in her arm.
"We are so incredibly lucky to have a service like this," Ms Wallace said.
"I could not of imagined travelling hours in an ambulance with this kind of fracture to get into a hospital that could operate on my arm.
"The LifeFlight team were absolutely amazing.
"They were very thorough and ensured I was comfortable the whole time.
The team at Manar Park are also grateful to the rescue service and held the inaugural Enduro Loops Colour Ride on September 7 to raise funds.
Manar Park manager Simone Wessling said they regularly hosted events to support LifeFlight.
"RACQ LifeFlight do a tremendous job of looking after those who enjoy the sport of off-road adventuring in times of need," she said.
"This event was all about being personally challenged, having fun and raising funds for a well-deserved cause.
"It was a family-friendly event and a big thanks to all participating riders and volunteers who pitched in to make it such a great day out."
The event raised $700 for the rescue service, and Ms Wallace said it was going to a worthy cause.
"I can't thank LifeFlight enough for their help on that day," she said.
"I urge everyone to donate wherever they can, whether it be a money tin in the local store or at events like Manar Park's colour ride.
"You just never know when you or someone you love may need this vital service."