Rescue helicopters, cupcakes and caring…

Most of us expect that when we’re in trouble help will come.  And we never know what that trouble might look like – a fire, a flood, a car accident, a sudden illness, a job loss or the death of a loved one. We never think it will be us, and heaven knows I hope for each of us that it never will.

But you can never be certain…

That’s why I believe in being part of a Circle of Safety.  Each of us can play a part in making sure that help will be there for those who require it. It strengthens our communities, and it nourishes something within us – that very human desire to be able to help another in need.  Maybe it’s by working on a cake stall or a sausage sizzle.  For some of us it’s volunteering time or expertise for emergencies or longer-term challenges.  For others it’s buying a raffle ticket, sponsoring a child or making a donation.

We’re all in this together, and when we care about each other and join together as a community something magical happens.  We experience healing, bonding and understanding through that shared journey.

There’s a sound I never enjoy hearing although I am glad of it all the same. It’s the sound of the whirring blades of the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter as it thunders overhead.  Every time it passes my farm I say a little prayer and wish them well. Sometimes they are attending an accident on the highway, sometimes they’re out looking for a missing surfer, other times they are rushing a patient to one of the major hospitals for life-saving surgery or dropping care parcels to farmers cut off by floods. They are an important part of our community, and they do an incredible job, often in the most difficult of conditions.

Today the Bangalow CWA, of which I am a proud member, is holding a cake stall on the main street of our tiny town, fundraising for the local Rescue Helicopter. Believe me, it takes a lot of cupcakes, scones and biscuits to keep a chopper like that in the air. The next time that chopper flies over my farm, it might be fuelled by cupcake sales… It makes me wonder how many of the things we take for granted are there because of the unseen efforts of people we will never know, but who care enough to have made help possible.

So this morning I’m up at ridiculous o’clock, baking my heart out to contribute, in a small way, seemingly unrelated to the eventual outcome – a Rescue Flight for someone who needs one.

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” ― Margaret Mead

Is there a way that you can become part of that Circle of Safety?  The smallest efforts can make the biggest difference, to you and to others. Be the change you want to see in the world. ♥ Nicole xx

7 thoughts on “Rescue helicopters, cupcakes and caring…

    • ♥ Thanks Marion. It was a good day, and part of our ongoing fundraising activities which happen all year. Our CWA rooms, in the main street of Bangalow are open Monday to Friday from 10am to 3pm and on Saturday mornings. We sell all manner of beautiful handicrafts there. You’d be welcome anytime to drop in for a cuppa, a chat, and a knitting lesson or two. 🙂

  1. On Friday I witnessed an horrific accident with a road cyclist & was the first person on the scene to give her first aid in the first critical moments.
    It was a ‘sliding doors’ moment where suddenly I was bonded to the cyclist & many other passing strangers who chose to get involved. It was a very intense & shocking experience. We all were strangers and yet the cyclist became our sister, daughter, friend in a matter of seconds.
    Her breath became critical to us all.
    It was a perfect experience of Indra’s Net. The interconnectedness of all.
    The ‘Circle of Safety’ idea of yours is v.cool Nicole and so appropriate for me to read now, thanks for this post. I’ve been thinking of this concept slightly differently. Since Friday I notice that my awareness has expanded and I am looking out for ‘perfect’ strangers to hold an energetic hand out to.
    Of course one has to remember to look after the self too as working in an emergency response energetic is very draining. I am in complete awe of the ambo’s & others who deal with these things daily. Special beings needing bucket loads of blessings. xx

    • Wow! I totally understand the intensity of your experience on Friday. How lucky she was that you were there to share her journey. When those barriers drop and we are all together and connected in the moment it is powerful stuff, and it brings such clarity. I love the idea of you reaching out to others energetically, and yes, in that space being able to still honour the self with appropriate boundaries so that your energy and giving can be sustainable. That’s the trick, isn’t it… xoxo

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