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LifeFlight Teddy Bear Picnic

Inaugural bears picnic set to raise vital funds for LifeFlight Foundation

Sunshine Coast parents are encouraged to bring their kids and favourite teddy bear to enjoy a fun filled picnic at Coolum State School on Saturday 7th October to help raise funds for the emergency helicopter service LifeFlight.

Organised by Yaroomba Beach and LifeFlight, the Bears Picnic will host an array of themed activities from meeting ‘Chief’ the LifeFlight bear as well as face painting, a jumping castle, an animal petting zoo, a teddy bear hospital, colouring in competitions, sausage sizzle, raffles and entertainment.

LifeFlight Foundation CEO Leanne Angel, said the inaugural LifeFlight Bears Picnic was all about encouraging families, friends and colleagues to come together with their furry friends to raise money for the LifeFlight Foundation’s funding of the RACQ LifeFlight helicopter on the Sunshine Coast.

“LifeFlight introduced the iconic ‘bear’ in 1995 and our bears are carried on board the LifeFlight chopper to give extra comfort to our youngest rescued patients. The LifeFlight Bears Picnic is our special way of acknowledging the role that the bears play in our service,” Ms Angel said.

Yaroomba Beach Project Director Evan Aldridge said he was proud to be supporting the LifeFlight Foundation as it invests in saving the lives of the critically ill and injured here on the Sunshine Coast.

“I think it’s important that we continue to assist important services like LifeFlight that have touched the lives of many families on the Coast and across the State.

“This is a really exciting event for the whole family, we are looking forward to a great day of fun and festivities at Coolum State School while also supporting the great work of LifeFlight,” Evan said.

The LifeFlight Bears Picnic is a free event and all activities will commence from 11am – 2pm on Saturday October 7 at Coolum State School, School Rd Coolum Beach.

2016-17 was a record year for LifeFlight for lifesaving missions with its aeromedical crews, community helicopters and Air Ambulance jets performing a record 5,342 missions throughout Queensland and around the world.