HELICOPTER pilot Marianne Evans has ferried big-game hunters onto land near Mount Hotham and hovered with a movie cameraman as she captured daredevil off- piste skiers below.
But never has the Helifly aviator provided aerial transport for a humble firefighter’s boot.
On Saturday afternoon, Albury firefighter Chris Brosolo arrived at Helifly’s Albury Airport headquarters on board his sleek Harley Davidson Heritage Softail motorcycle to deliver a leather boot filled with money collected by Albury and Corowa firefighters.
A band of his NSW Fire and Rescue firefighter mates were on hand to welcome him.
This morning, pilot Marianne Evans, Albury senior fire officer and trainee pilot Jim Browne and the boot will fly to Queanbeyan in Helifly’s Schweizer 300 helicopter, en route to the World Firefighters’ Games in Sydney where the relay will finish and the funds will be counted on Thursday.
More than 10,000 firefighters will compete in the 10-day games.
The boot is one of many being passed from fire station to fire station across Australia over 14 days in the first Australian Fill the Boot Firefighter Relay fund-raising campaign, organised by the Muscular Dystrophy Foundation.
Firefighters hope to raise $1.5 million to support research and services for those affected by neuromuscular conditions and to help improve their quality of life through activities such as camps, and social and educational events.
Donation tins have been filled at numerous locations including Brady’s, Paddy’s and the Albion and Star hotels in Albury.