Helipad Pavers Ready To Go

Tuesday, 14 June 2016
Dozens of local people and businesses that supported the Blue Ribbon Foundation Portland District Health Emergency Helipad are about to have their names etched into history.

Engraved fund-raising pavers have been delivered to Portland and will be installed near the helipad in the next few weeks.

The community's support for the fund-raising initiative helped to finalise funding for the helipad, which has already proven to be a life-saving addition to facilities at PDH.

PDH Community engagement and fundraising coordinator Carolyn Malseed said the pavers would make a fantastic display near the helipad and will continue to grow over time.

They will be laid on the grassed area between the helipad and Bentinck Street. Volunteers from the Men's Shed program will carry out the work which is expected to start by the end of the month. In the meantime, volunteer project manager Peter Carr has stored the pavers.

The pavers won't disrupt the arrival or departure of the emergency helicopter.

Ms Malseed said PDH appreciated the community's support for the paver fund-raiser but those who missed the first round still have the opportunity to contribute.

This is just the first wave of pavers,she said. It's an ongoing fund-raising initiative and local people, businesses and community groups can continue to buy pavers to support the helipad and PDH.

It's an opportunity to show your support for a vital community service and have your name etched in our history. It could be a way to provide a permanent marker of your support for a patient or someone who has just had a baby at PDH, someone who has a family member at Harbourside Lodge or someone who has worked at PDH.

The pavers are available in various sizes and logos can be included. They are engraved in a bulk lot.

Order forms are available from PDH main reception or people can contact Ms Malseed PH: 5522 1182 for further information.

The helipad was officially opened last December. It was dedicated as a permanent police memorial in memory of Senior Constable Mark Bateman who died with his partner Senior Constable Fiona Robinson in 2000 when their divisional van was involved in a crash while answering a priority one call at Northcote.

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