Huge leap of faith for 11 regional leaders in Moree June 18

A SILO nearly 11 storeys’ high daring 11 brave souls that will have 11 good dinner-party stories to tell afterwards – that’s the scenario for Moree in the coming weeks and those stories will be well worth listening to when a group of business and community leaders prepare to abseil down a 10- storey grain silo to help raise much-needed funds for the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service.

The group of 11 leaders from across the New England and north-west has taken the challenge to raise $2000 each for the Leaders’ Leap charity event at B&W Rural Moree – the old flour mill – on Sunday, June 18.

Participants are all owners or senior managers of businesses operating in the New England and north-west region, with Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall and Barwon Local Area Commander Paul McDonald also taking the leap.

“I went and sat down at the bottom of the silo when I was in Moree on Friday and looked all the way up to the top – and thought to myself, ‘crikey, that’s a long way’,” Mr Marshall chuckled.

“Mind you, there’s nothing like a hit of adrenalin to let you know that you’re alive.

“It’s all for an extremely good cause, though, and hopefully a lot of money will be raised.

“I applaud all the brave participants for putting their hands up to take the leap because I’m sure that not everyone involved is comfortable with heights – myself included – so it is a truly brave commitment to make,” Mr Marshall said.LeadersLeap001

And now Mr Marshall and Mr McDonald, along with Kenway and Clark’s chief financial officer Gemille Hayes, McDonalds Narrabri franchisee Rob McAllister, GrainCorp Narrabri’s Rebeccah Shaw, B&W Rural proprietor Peter Birch, Namoi Sustainable Energy director Lachlan Skinner, Moree Plains Shire councillor John Tramby, NAB Moree’s Luke Bell, NSW Rugby Union development officer Garry Walsh and Tait Toyota principle David Tait are calling for community support to help raise more than $20,000 for the life-saving service.

Event co-ordinator Jeff Galbraith said the leaders’ Leap family day out will commence at 9am with the first group of leaders making their leap of faith at 10am.

“It is going to be a fantastic morning and I really applaud these brave souls,” Mr Galbraith said.

“The community will be well-catered for during the morning as well, with Moree Lions providing bacon and egg rolls and Deluxe Café Moree serving up their famous coffee.

“Various stalls will also be set up and there will be music as well. The kids haven’t been forgotten either – Cold Comforts ice-cream van will be there as well as a jumping castle.

“And the good news is that it is free to come along and join in what will be a hugely exciting event, with up-to-date commentary from our emcee, Mayor Katrina Humphries,” Mr Galbraith said.

The Leaders’ Leap event is supported by a number of local organisations including B&W Rural, local broadcasters NowFM and 2VM, Moree Champion, Simply Print, Moree Lions Club, Deluxe Café Moree and Rees Digital.

On December 6, 2015 the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service celebrated its 40th anniversary and from its humble beginnings as a weekend beach patrol, now operates a 24-hour, seven-day-a-week dedicated aeromedical, search-and-rescue service across the Central Coast, Hunter, Mid North Coast, Central West, New England and North West regions.

“More than 30,000 missions have been undertaken, helping to save thousands of lives, and not one person has ever had to pay to be assisted by the Rescue Helicopter Service,” Mr Galbraith said.

Mr Galbraith also invites local stall-holders to contact him about setting up shop at the event.

“Having a few local people offering their goods will give the morning a real market-day atmosphere,” he said.

For more information contact Mr Galbraith on 0448 848500 or e-mail

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