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27th July 2022

5th Aviation - Exercise Care Bear

5th Aviation Flights // Smiles say it all

Is it a bird ... is it a plane ... no its exercise Care Bear taking patients to new heights.

The 5th Aviation’s Exercise Care Bear was back in action today after a COVID-related hiatus and giving patients the chance to see Townsville from above.

Corporal Matthew Nebauer said it was a great opportunity for us to allow patients and their families a little joy of seeing Townsville from above.

“Some of these families have only been in a helicopter for emergencies, so it’s such a pleasure to see the smiles on the patients faces and one little girl was so excited she was jumping up and down, and that was enough to say it was worth the visit.

“Last year we landed so the kids could explore the helicopter on the ground, but this year we are pleased to offer flights for these patients and their loved ones,” said Corporal Matthew Nebauer.

Brighter Lives CEO, Tanya Busoli said it was a once in a lifetime opportunity for some of these children.

“These families aren’t having the best of times with their loved ones being in hospital and allowing these patients to come and actually fly over Townsville and experience flying in a helicopter is something they will never forget,” Tanya said.

Families travel from far and wide to receive care from the Townsville University Hospital, one family lives over seven hours away.

“There is a family from Viola Station in Julia Creek who have been receiving care for little Olivia since her birth and she has only known flights in helicopters for emergencies. This will give her and her family happy memories of flying in a helicopter,” Tanya said.

Brighter Lives Townsville Hospital Foundation is the official charity of the Townsville Hospital and Health Service and is 100% local.To donate visit

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