There was a wonderful attendance to listen to Peter MacCormick’s presentation on his time as a life guard in LA followed by his involvement in the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service and later with the creation of the CareFlight Service in May 1986 as Foundation President. It was obvious Peter had done an enormous amount of work in preparing for the evening including converting VHS rescue footage to DVD, and slides to photographs creating a PowerPoint show.
BBC Patron Tim Anderson introduced Peter Mac, his great friend since their teenage days. Tim spoke of Peter as one of life’s extraordinary characters and how Peter developed an interest in the saving of life. Tim had been looking over Peter’s shoulder whilst he compiled his presentation and was certain that his fabulous story would inspire everyone present. Tim was confident that due to Peter’s direct involvement with helicopter rescues hundreds of lives have been saved.
Peter spoke of his initial involvement with the Surf Life Saving Association with doing his surf Bronze Medallion at the Bilgola Surf Club with good pal Dick Morath in 1966. After a brief period of working in Sydney for 2 years with Kayser Lingerie as a trainee manager (sounds like the making of another story altogether) he decided that overseas beckoned and he managed to earn his keep on a German cargo freighter bound for Hawaii, suffered severe sea sickness and had an alteration with a drunk German boson who didn’t appreciate Peter “mentioning the War”! Continue reading