Ian Hollingsworth awarded PrideofAustralia™ HeroismMedal

Ian Hollingsworth

Ian Hollingsworth

Ian Hollingsworth, St Helens Marine Rescue Operations Manager, was today awarded the PrideofAustralia™ HeroismMedal in Hobart. Tasmania.

In awarding the HeroismMedal, Ian was lauded not just for his role as an administrator of St Helens Marine Rescue, but also for “…the dangerous job of watching over the treacherous barway at the entrance to Georges Bay…” where “…he has put himself at risk many times escorting boats across the bar or on rescue missions that have saved lives…” 

PrideofAustralia™ honours ordinary Australians who do extraordinary things throughout our communities. Now in its seventh year, the PrideofAustralia™ medal is made up of ten categories – Outstanding Bravery, Courage, Heroism, Community Spirit, Child of Courage, Young Leader, Care and Compassion, Inspiration, Environment and the Fair Go. 

The HeroismMedal is awarded to recognise a member or members (professional or volunteer) of the SES, police, fire, ambulance, coastguard, defence forces, air rescue service who work, or have worked, on the frontline to protect the community.

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Donation from St Helens Stall Holders Market

The St Helens Market is on every Saturday morning in the library car park opposite the St Helens Post Office in Cecilia Street. The market is run by the St Helens Stall Holders Market Inc.

Stalls are stacked with craftwork, homemade clothing, jewelery, cards, biscuits, cakes, jams, sauces, bric-a-brac (including second hand tools), furniture, crockery, books as well as fresh produce and plants.

A barbecue is held and most stall funds are donated to community services and charities throughout the Break O’Day area, including the Flying Doctor Service, Community Car and ourselves.

This year the St Helens Marine Rescue Association has been fortunate enough to receive a substantial donation of $1,300 from St Helens Stall Holders Market to assists us with fuel for offshore crew training. We thank the Stall Holders for their generosity. Their community commitment is invaluable.

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Farewell to Ted Collings

Rescue of Wedgetail during 2007 Sydney Hobart when waves reached a height of 40 ft and wind strength was over 110 km/h. The rescue took 14 hours to complete.

Rescue of Wedgetail during 2007 Sydney Hobart

St Helens Marine Rescue wish to express their sympathy to Lorraine and the extended family of our esteemed member Ted Collings who passed away on 18 June 2011 after a prolonged battle.

Ted has been a loyal, dedicated and active member of the service for a number of years. His sense of duty will be greatly missed.

One of the memorable rescues Ted was involved in was the recovery of the yacht Wedgetail during the 2007 Sydney to Hobart yacht race. Wedgetail broke her rudder as she was sailing about 35 nautical miles to the east of St Helens and the 14-hour rescue was accomplished under challenging conditions including 40 foot waves and 110km/h winds.

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St Helens Marine Rescue soon to be affiliated with Surf Life Saving Australia

St Helens Marine Rescue and Surf Life Saving Australia have agreed in principle to become affiliated. We would be retaining our name, St Helens Marine Rescue, as well as our uniform. We would, however, become an offshore arm of Surf Life Saving Australia. The affiliation would bring benefits to the two organisations that share the same objectives of serving to protect and educate the public and render assistance to persons in distress.

With the affiliation, Surf Life Saving Australia’s experience, resources and the extent of its operations Australia-wide could be leveraged to provide a better service to the communities in North East Tasmania. It would also allow both organisations to make better use of expensive and scarce resources such as rescue vessels and aircraft.

This is promising to be an exciting time for all members of St Helens Marine Rescue as new opportunities develop. Watch this space for more news once the agreement with Surf Life Saving Australia has been ratified by both organisations.

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Rio Tinto Alcan Bell Bay Community Grant

St Helens Marine Rescue is one of four recipients of a Rio Tinto Alcan Bell Bay community grant. The $500 granted to us will enable the purchase of much-needed equipment to assist with night time rescues.

As we are a totally self-funded organisation and rely totally on community donations we are grateful for Rio Tinto Alcan’s support. We are one of four recipients of the first round of this year’s Rio Tinto Alcan Bell Bay community grants programme. Other successful applicants are the Salvation Army for its therapeutic youth residential programme, a Launceston family in need of a support dog, the Launceston General Hospital 4k Children’s Ward auxiliary and the Youth Suicide Action group.

Rio Tinto Alcan has a long history of supporting Tasmanian communities and the community grants initiative provides financial support to not-for-profit organisations and individuals across the State.

A presentation to St Helens Marine Rescue Association will be held at the marine rescue
building at the St Helens wharf on Friday 17 June at 2.30pm. Media are invited to
attend and picture opportunities will be available.

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